Now you know! Cold weather = dog season

One of the fun things about China is fresh fruit in season. That means good fruit and it gives a rhythm to the year. And due to traditional Chinese ideas about health, fruit is not the only thing that has a season:

狗肉上市 “Dog meat is on the market!”

In our innocently unapologetic corner of Qingdao, why wouldn’t you put up a big “DOG MEAT” sign right outside your restaurant? This is about a 10-minute walk from our place. We regularly eat their 老醋花生 and 肉末酸云豆。 Have not tried their dog yet. This is one of several (as in, over ten) places within walking distance to get dog meat. That’s just how we roll in Licun (李村).

Dog meat is hard to find in the summer because dog meat, like donkey and mutton, makes you 上火 — it ups your internal “fire”. I’m not even going to attempt to explain what that means, but your fire being too low or too high (usually too high) is a bad thing, and results in things like acne and colds. But in the winter it’s cold, so your “fire” can stand a little reinforcement.

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5 thoughts on “Now you know! Cold weather = dog season”

    1. The Dead puppies post (with the menu) is from Tianjin. We had dog twice in Tianjin: once at a nice modern Korean restaurant in a new shopping center, and once in a grungy older Chinese restaurant. And I saw signs for dog meat in Tianjin on the rare occasion. But we were living in the middle of Tianjin; in Qingdao we’re on the edge, so things are a little more old school. I don’t know it’s a Tianjin v Qingdao thing or just an urban center v urban edge thing.

  1. I still don’t really understand all those body heat but true enough, the first time i ate a dog was winter here in Chongqing. As far as I remember, it tastes ok but have an aftertaste which i don’t like. For winter food, I like YangRou more and as they say the same as the dog. raising up your internal fire.

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