Chicken and duck blood soup

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Chicken and duck blood soup (Chinese: 鸡鸭血汤; pinyin: jī yā xiě tāng) is a Shanghainese soup-based blood dish, using the blood of chicken and duck as a principal ingredient. Created by Xu Fuquan, a hawker from Shanghai, and described to be sour and spicy in taste, the dish is viewed as a healthy food with medicinal value in Shanghai.


Chicken and duck blood soup was invented by little-known Shanghainese hawker Xu Fuquan, who made the dish by mixing hot chicken and duck blood with the head and feet of a chicken, before boiling it in an iron pot, which he dubbed a "metal cow".[1] In 1973, during his visit to Shanghai, then-King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk tried chicken and duck blood soup and reportedly enjoyed the dish a lot, having consumed countless bowls of it.[2]

Preparation and description[edit]

The soup is made by boiling the blood of chicken and duck, alongside a handful of chicken organs and other body parts.[3] Chicken and duck blood soup is described to have a sour-spicy taste.[4] The dish is viewed as a healthy food with medicinal value in Shanghai.[5]

Cultural impact[edit]

Chicken and duck blood soup is so famous in Shanghai that one source goes on to label it as a cultural icon of the city.[6] It is sold mostly at Shanghai's City God Temple.[7] Kellie Schmitt of CNN describes the dish as one of "Shanghai's weirdest foods", although adding that it "tastes better than it looks".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 上海老味道 (in Chinese). 上海文化出版社 [Shanghai Cultural Publications]. 2007. pp. 215–.
  2. ^ "他来上海最爱鸡鸭血汤" (in Chinese). October 16, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  3. ^ 中国烹饪百科全书 (in Chinese). 中国大百科全书出版社 [Encyclopedia of China Press]. 1995. ISBN 9787500051251.
  4. ^ 云南省志 (in Chinese). 68. 云南人民出版社 [Yunnan People Publications]. pp. 178–.
  5. ^ a b Schmitt, Kellie (December 26, 2011). "Shanghai's weirdest foods". CNN.
  6. ^ Huang, Meifen (2007). 校园大长今: 文艺与饮食结合, 笔墨和油烟共舞, 新加坡学子的生活小品 (in Chinese). 玲子传媒 [Lingzi Media]. pp. 46–. ISBN 9789814200776.
  7. ^ Ma, Xuexin (1992). 上海文化源流辞典 (in Chinese). 上海社会科学院出版社 [Shanghai Institute of Societal Studies Press]. pp. 410–.