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Ye wei in Hunan
|Literal meaning||wild taste|
Ye wei or yewei (from Pinyin yěwèi) is essentially the demand for exotic animals and wild animals in the Chinese cuisine. It is also popular in countries such as Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. Yewei is often sold at Chinese Wet markets, and is becoming part of the restaurant culture in China.
Historically members of the imperial courts in the dynastic eras have requested grand animals for their meals. Famous examples include the Manchu Han Imperial Feast. Though today it can be eaten by anyone with access to the wild animals (which can be imported).
The word 野 basically means "wild". As it is the shortened form of (野獸), which means "wild beasts".
There is likely no set cooking methods as different regions may have different names for the dishes. Animals can include ostriches, snakes, turtles, dogs, cats, bats, etc. The animals can be sourced from all over the world.
- Shah, Sonia (1998). Pandemic. New York, New York. pp. 17–18.
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