In China, many people like to eat French rabbit heads

Note the logo painted on the window of this rabbit head eatery in Chengdu, Sichuan. Olivia Geng/The Wall Street Journal.


Note the logo painted on the window of this rabbit head eatery in Chengdu, Sichuan. Olivia Geng/The Wall Street Journal.

And the Wall Street Journal is on it.

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First, crack open the jaw and tear the whole head into two halves. Second, eat the cheeks, tongue and chin. That’s the easier part. The hardest part is the top of the head. To get at that meat, the waitress gently bit the skull, peeled off the interior membranes, and then ate the exposed brain.

The last step, she said, is eating the eyes, which is made more challenging by surrounding bones. “You just need to be more patient,” she said. After finishing, she sucked the oil from her fingers clean.

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  1. Many children like to ate dissolved animal bones and hide, coloured with garish chemicals.

  2. In China, if it has four legs and is not a chair.
    swims and is not a submarine, flies and is not a helicopter or an airplane...
    The Chinese will eat it.

  3. Having been to China, where snacks are dried soft shell turtles in a brightly colored plastic package or deep fried scorpions on a stick, this doesn't surprise me. Nothing against the Chinese. They just have a different taste sensibility than Europeans. The Chinese eat every living thing they can lay hands on. Not in a barbarous way. Simply in a "this was once living, we shall eat it" kind of way.

  4. Yeah, it's really a North/South thing. Northerners often find the duck lips, rabbit heads, chicken feet and monkey brains as revolting as Westerners do. I suspect it's because Northern cuisine emerged among pastures where large animals could be raised, and people could afford to discard the "gross" cuts of meat.

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