Monday, February 23, 2009

A Steady Diet of MSG 9

                                                                    Pig Ears
              So our group of friends had a day in Jinghong where we drank a beer at one convenience store every block on our way back to our dingy hotels.  China has convenient stores everywhere, usually at least 4-5 on a typical city block.  Needless to say, within a few hours we were fairly trashed on Dali beers and starting to get hungry.  We devised a system for scoring points in a game:  smoking weed in front of a police officer was 100 points, taking a swim in the drainage ditch was 70, stealing a Chinese child was 120, eating pigs ears was 40, and so on...  Being afraid of going to prison for smoking dirty Naxi ganja or getting a staff infection seemed too daunting for myself, and i don't want kids at this point in my life, so I chose pig ears.  We went to the night market and found this stand that sold them roasted and flavored oh so delicately.  They even sliced it up thin and put some cilantro on it.  I got about a third of the way through eating mine when I began to feel sick.  Perhaps the combination of cheap Chinese beers and swine cartilage isn't the best on a near-empty stomach.  Parts of the ear were actually very tasty and not too tough.  I can see why dogs enjoy these so much.  Only in China!

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