Urine Soaked Boiled Eggs: A Chinese Delicacy

Oct 28, 2011 10 comments

As spring sets in, a strange but familiar smell permeates the air in Dongyang City of China’s Zhejiang Province, as locals begin to eat the seasonal "virgin egg." It’s the smell of urine, because "virgin eggs" are actually eggs boiled in the urine of virgin boys. The local word is Tongzi Dan which translates to “boy egg”. This bizarre street eat, though appalling to an outsider, has been a standard street fare in Dongyang for hundreds of years.

The process for making Tongzi Dan boiling the eggs in urine. After being brought to a boil in the steaming urine, the eggs are removed, their shells are cracked and they are placed back into the boiling urine to soak up flavor.


Residents of Dongyang love it. "It's so delicious that I can eat 10 eggs a day," said a woman who moved to Dongyang several years ago However, not all Dongyang people are interested in them. One local resident, said he had never tasted "virgin eggs." "I can't stand the smell. It's awful."

The urine is collected from local elementary schools. Plastic buckets are placed outside their classrooms and young boys are instructed to pee into them. The buckets are then collected through the day and used to make the delicacy. For the most part, the practice is accepted throughout primary schools in Dongyang and teachers even remind the boys not to use the buckets if they are sick.

Locals believe that the eggs have medicinal value. Urine contains a kind of crystal that can "diminish the internal heat of the human body" and stop bleeding. But Huang Jian, the chief urology physician of Jinhua Central Hospital, contested that there is nothing good for people's health to be found in the urine. "After all, it is waste from the body," he said.






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  1. How yucky can you get



  2. yep.

    dogs, rats, scorpions, maggots, tiger gall bladders, eggs soaked in piss.

    we eat all. no discrimination from the great nation.

  3. so what exactly does it taste like?

  4. Pedobear ancestor...

  5. I wonder if Hung Hai Kun, Fong Sai Yuk, Wong Fei Hung are also ate that..or maybe that's the secret of their unbeatable kungfu..

  6. This is disgusting not even animals drink one another's piss

    1. Yes they do. Check out giraffe mating behavior. Human urine has been used for everything from gardening to fur tanning to teeth whitening. And food preparation. Welcome to the human condition.

  7. I've eaten some weird stuff in my life, like snake, crocodile (tastes just like chicken!), turtle soup, kangaroo steak (from the tail)... But I stop at the pipi-eggs, thank you!

  8. There is a say that "whatever moves can be eaten and whatever chews can be beaten" hahahahaaaaa.... All you need is imagination!

  9. Stuck in China, better drink me own piss... hang on...
    Bear Grylls


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