I don’t think I’m terribly easy to gross out. I have an acquaintance who practices amaroli – the ayurvedic term for “urine therapy,” meaning she drinks her own pee – and I’m OK with that, even if I think it’s weird and probably not doing her any good. But this is goddam disgusting: eggs soaked and cooked in the urine of little boys. It’s a Chinese delicacy, according to Reuters. Specifically in the eastern Chinese city of Dongyang.
“Basins and buckets of boys’ urine are collected from primary school toilets. It is the key ingredient in “virgin boy eggs”, a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10.
“There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys’ urine, just that it has been so for centuries.”
The claim is that they have remarkable health properties.
First they are soaked, then boiled in the piss. Then the shells are cracked and they simmer some more, in the piss.
The eggs then sell for $0.24.
Among the ailments they’re purported to stave off are heat stroke and joint pain.
Chinese medical experts, however, aren’t so sure and some are “warning about sanitary issues surrounding the use of urine to cook the eggs.”