PhotoHunt theme : Wine/ Vast
On a trip to Taiwan with my son one year, I brought him to the Huaxi street night market (华西街夜市) which is renowned for its snake cuisine and wine products.
I ordered a Snake Meal Set (NT 250) which has a bowl of clear Snake Soup, a small glass each of snake blood mixed with honey, snake gall, snake oil, snake belly, snake wine, two capsules of snake oil and a cup of herbal tea.
While we were waiting for dinner to be served, I was traumatised by the sight of the shop owner slicing along a snake's belly and draining its blood into a vat of rice wine. I let my son have the whole meal.
The snake sellers believe that snake wine and meat posses many medicinal qualities. My son didn't like the drinks because a couple of them tasted bitter. We were told the drinks would detoxify our body, improve our immune system and cleanse our blood. My son's faces turned very red and his body felt very hot after finishing everything. Was the meal too nutritious for my teenager? :P
Look at the size of the snakes!
The shop sells a vast range of products made from snakes. Tourists were most fascinated by the bottles of snakes infused in rice wine. The bottles are sealed and stored in for up to 36 months. The snakes are preserved to have the snake poison dissolved in the liquor. The more venomous the snake, the more expensive the wine.
I didn't buy any snake wine or snake products. My husband prefers only chicken and pork and would not touch any other meat. :P