What Dogs and Cats Taste Like

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​San Francisco residents are delivering a petition today to the South Korean consulate, asking that country's residents to stop eating dogs and cats.

I thought I'd draw on personal experience to tell you what you're asking them to give up.

I had roast cat in Hong Kong. It was about 9 a.m. I was wandering around a back street as a tourist when I saw a skinless kitty hanging in the window from a hook beside the roast chickens and ducks.

I had already had breakfast, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I'm allergic to cats; they have caused me a lot of grief over the years. Revenge!

I sat at a stool and, not speaking Cantonese, pointed at the cat. A burly guy behind the counter pulled it off the hook, wielded a big butcher knife, and whack! -- chopped it in half. Then, whack! whack! whack! whack! -- he chopped it roughly into pieces, tossed them atop a bowl of rice, squirted a little sweet soy sauce on it, and placed it in front of me. While I contemplated it, he returned the other half of the cat to the hook. I got the bottom half, which I guess was better, and the cat head in the window also served as a better advertisement.

So how was the cat? Tough and stringy. This makes sense, as cats are mostly muscle, except for pampered housecats, and even in Hong Kong people probably don't eat those except in times of famine. It wasn't very flavorful; it reminded me of three-day-old white-meat turkey. Bad kitty.

People compare everything to chicken because modern commercial chicken breast has so little flavor. I hate to reach for that cliché, but it's not unfair here; you might take a closer look the next time you have kung pao chicken.

While I sampled cat on purpose, dog was an accident. I love dogs, not in the same way I love sushi, and even though I'm an adventurous eater -- ask me about green-bottomed ant bottoms sometime -- I have had chances to order it, but wouldn't.

However, I was in Banaue in the Philippines, a transfer point for jeepneys. I had just gotten off one and had about an hour to kill. The waiting station was a small restaurant where everybody was eating some sort of dark brown stew. It smelled good, so I pointed at it and got a bowl.

I was about halfway through it when a man came over and said, "Do you know what it is that you are eating?" When I said no, he said. "Bow. Bow wow. Bow wow wow."

I sat upright, and everyone laughed. Always pleased to provide entertainment abroad, I looked back at my bowl. That doggie was already gone, and I was still hungry. So I had some more.

Dog, I must say, is a lot tastier than cat, although the means of cooking could have something to do with it. It's a gamy, dark meat, but it was also wonderfully tender, like rabbit, and it makes a great earthy, meaty, satisfying stew. I'm probably not going to have it again. But I won't say I didn't enjoy it.

Good doggie!

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19 comments
ck2000t
ck2000t

The cat and dog was probably slaughtered... poor animals.

Vicvincent
Vicvincent

I want to know what you people here posting comments taste like? probably bitter and tough but Id still eat you.

sfcasun
sfcasun

I'm first-generation Asian-American, from SE Asia.  In hindsight, as a kid, I ate what a lot of Americans would consider some pretty repellent stuff, but is normal to my mom's culture (and as a kid, you generally eat what is prepared by your mother).  A huge part of culture are our foodways, and be it far from anyone to point the finger at another person's culture and deem it "gross", although I do draw the line at cannibalism -- that is GROSS, in my opinion! 

Guest
Guest

Now, how interesting is this? I like to think I'm adventurous in taste - I certainly like to try unique foods, though I personally am not a fan of insects as food (I tried those Fear Factor seasoned maggots once or whatever they are and wasn't impressed, and have eaten Tarantula before). Would I try dog or cat?

Hey, why the hell not? It's a cultural thing, I like trying new foods, and while I do really love animals it would still be something interesting to try. After all, I enjoy bacon, and people keep those pot-bellied pigs as pets - it's no different than that in my eyes.

Also, as an animal welfare conscious omnivore I feel it's my duty to say that while animal cruelty is never okay (ESPECIALLY in slaughter; I feel bad enough that there aren't more laws in place to penalize people cruel to their pets!), neither is trying to petition another country to stop eating something simply because you don't like it. You don't see India petitioning us for eating beef, do you?

Geez. Asking another country to stop eating something that you personally keep as a pet? That is a new low, San-Fran. Only in America!

lori narlock
lori narlock

Yuck, yuck and yuck, but I take my hat off to you Blake. You rock for being so adventurous.

cynthia
cynthia

Well put! Stop knocking on other cultures for their dietary intake. Find something better to do. As long as the animal isn't endangered or near the brink of being "eaten to death" then it's all good with me. And as for the comments about "trolling" and not comprehending the message? Really? Read the first friggin paragraph.

Mikey
Mikey

The man was trying to enlighten you.  I was curious.  Well done sir, bon apetit.

Sung
Sung

Every country has own delicacy.Hope San Francisco people respect other culture and leave us alone.

Elbereth
Elbereth

 Well, San Francisco has an enlightened tradition of old gay guys putting their bare asses onto bus seats.... so **of** **course*** they are superior and can tell the whole damn world what to do.

Wangston
Wangston

Cows and pigs are just as smart, sweet, and kind as dogs and cats (actually, probably nicer than cats). It's inane to demand that someone else's country ban eating dogs and cats when your own country eats (and tortures in the act of slaughtering) pigs and cows.

W Blake Gray
W Blake Gray

Couldn't say it better myself. A Hindu in India once said to me, "Do you know why we don't eat cows?" No, I said. "Will you feed another man's baby?" he asked. I hemmed and hawed; may-be. "A cow feeds everyone's baby," he said. It's a point.

BG
BG

If that was the point of your article - it was completely lost. This comes off as as using food tourism that celebrates eating animals - any animals - to "shock" people and get attention. Actually  representing the opposite opinion than what you just said and presents eating usual animals as something to explore. I agree with the first comment - it's just trolling an AR group. You might try to dress this up as having a pro-animal message but it's not there.

W Blake Gray
W Blake Gray

I'm not trying to dress up anything, BG (nice initials, by the way.) The piece is what it is. 14,000 San Franciscans signed a petition to tell South Koreans to stop eating something dogs and cats. I decided ... well, go read the piece.

Pro-animal message? I'm not pretending to be anything but an omnivore. Can't say that for the petition signers.

SoWrong
SoWrong

I laughed.  (Is that wrong?)

Wilderkj
Wilderkj

Wow. There are no words.

Jordan
Jordan

This is the "journalistic" equivalent of trolling. Fuck off, Mr. Gray.

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