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Korean Dogmeat?

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Has anyone ever been to Seoul and eaten dog? What's it taste like? How do they serve it?

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  1. They serve is sliced thin and seared with onions and ginger. Tastes like shit.

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    1. re: TheFoodDude

      Tastes like shit. I'm sure that's figurative. Have a more literal description? Look, I will never eat dog so long as I live. The idea revolts me. But I'm kind of curious.

      1. re: Willy Wilson

        Curiosity killed the cat...

    2. Here's a link to an old discussion of the topic on the International Board.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      1. And don't forget Switzerland! The Swiss have such a large appetite for dog meat that they consume the largest amount of dog meat per capita. They also export their national dog, the Saint Bernard to China for the meat trade. Russia is another country that exports dogs to China for the meat trade.
        And if you think that's gross. It is a common European practice to feed the carcasses of deceased pets (cats, dogs,etc.) to cows and pigs and to recycle pets back into pet food. Ironically it is the Swiss government that took the unprecedented step of writing up new legistraton in an attempt to grant dogs,cats, marsupials and other pets full citizenship under the law. The legislation upgrades the legal status of pets from “domesticate” to citizen. But dogs raised specifically for the purpose of human consumption are not considered pets and thus not protected under the law.

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        1. re: JennyLynn

          Didn't know it while I was eating it, but I ate dog meat sausage. The Swiss like to (usually) eat dog meat processed in some way rather than just sliced etc. So if in Switzerland make sure you're not eating dog or some part of dog mixed in with your cow etc. Switzerland is very good at the PR game, which is why so many people in the US (and the world) don't know about the Swiss' love for dog meat. And NO, I did'nt enjoy it, it gives me no pleasure to know I've eaten Fido. I love my dog!

          1. re: JennyLynn

            Let me get this right: The Swiss feed their dead pets to the pigs and cows, whose meat is then fed to the pets. Does having a step in between protect from "Mad Dog Disease?"

            1. re: Willy Wilson

              Not just the Swiss, "Europeans." BTW, my French grandmother verified JennyLynn's assertions.

              1. re: Pea

                Tripe, snails, hypertrophied goose livers, sweetbreads. Come to think of it, who could be surprised by the French eating dogs? They say that pigs are much smarter that dogs anyway, yet the carnivores among us don't bat an eyelash about pork chops. But I still couldn't eat dog, which is why I asked others what it tasted like. On this one I have to eat vicariously.

          2. I don't know where the fooddude went to eat, but I've been to Seoul and ate dog. It was delicious. It was served stewed with wild sesame leaves. It had a mild taste similar to lamb.

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              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                I honestly didn't post with the intention of starting a flame war. I first searched through the boards for mention of dog, and didn't find anything. I obviously didn't search comprehensively enough. And I tried to phrase the question in a neutral way.

                I wouldn't eat dog meat. It is wrong to eat dog meat? In American culture, someone who eats dog meat is doing something so bizarre that you'd question that person's sanity. If they'll break that taboo, then what other taboo might they break?

                So my question wasn't about dog meat restaurants in Chicago, or what might or might not be in the egg rolls in Chinatown. It was about dog meat in Korea, where they consume dogs. If it makes anyone feel better, I've been in Asia -- haven't eaten dog meat, and will not -- and can say that the dogs running around the streets are, generally speaking, about as sympathetic as rats in NYC.

                Now that doesn't mean that I favor eating them -- rats in NYC or dogs in Rangoon. I was only wondering what stronger stomachs than mine thought. Hey, it's a food site. If dog meat is too sensitive a topic, perhaps we should switch the conversation to the consumption of the hypertrophied livers of force-feed geese. Ah, the pleasures of foie gras ...

              2. The sale and consumption of dog meat is illegal in Korea. The ban was introduced in 1988 just prior to the Olympics in Seoul that summer because of the Korean governments concern about it's international image. But obviously, dogs are still eaten in Korea as well as many other countries.

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                1. re: moroc

                  Yup, and it's also illegal to change lanes on a highway in Boston without using your turn signal.


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                  antacid please

                  Here we go again. Every country eats something disgusting to someone else: Koreans eat dogs but would never eat a horse, Americans eat horses but would never eat a monkey, Cambodians eat monkeys and dogs but would never eat ...so on and so...and the French and the Chinese eat every part of every animal. Nobody wins this argument.

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                    1. re: antacid please

                      What? American's don't eat horses. We used to have a horse processing plant that would slaughter horses here and export them to where-ever, but that's even been banned. But I agree with your main point, everybody eats something that the rest of the planet finds revolting.

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                      Jeff Campbell

                      I have a workmate who has had dogmeat, and he says that it is similiar to lamb, but tougher.

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                      1. re: Jeff Campbell

                        Ok, that kills it for me. I don't like lamb so I don't think I'm going to like tough lamb...

                      2. Interesting that this thread has taken a light turn to a value judgement of eating a species which also serve as pets, even though the origional question was not addressing that topic. Clearly a sensitive issue with many as people have a personal connection to some species.

                        I am curious why korea also gets associated with dog meat when other cultures have much more prevalence of using dog meat in their diet.

                          1. re: beevod

                            Haha, Seoul food!
                            I wouldn't eat dog myself, as I'm one of those child free people who considers my dogs my babies. But I certainly won't pass judgement on any culture based on what they choose to use for food.
                            Very interesting about Switzerland, though. I really had no idea!

                            1. re: alliegator

                              It was in Korea that I realised that many Koreans (especially the younger generation) love dogs as pets - and I reckon 99.99% of them would never eat a dog for the same reasons as you do, alliegator.
                              But I also found out that a kind of yellow-furred dog (they simply called this breed "hwangu") are bred especially for consumption.

                              1. re: klyeoh

                                I used to live next door to an older Korean lady who spoke very little English. She always had the most heavenly smells coming for her kitchen, so when we would get to chatting in the yard, I always asked what she was making. And she'd make this huge grin and say "dog like yours--dalmatian most tender". She was such a hoot! I miss her and her gifts of kimchee.

                          2. I've never been to Korea so this is a semi-useless post, but I have eaten dog in Guilin in Southern China. It was a hot pot preparation with pieces of dog meat served in an onion and hot pepper broth. It seemed like the kitchen was using every part of the animal so it was a real crap shoot as to what your next spoonful would taste like. Some pieces were quite tender and savory like beef pot roast, but others were spongy and livery (maybe it was actually dog liver). I kept thinking we were gonna find a toenail or eyeball but luckily there weren't any. Would not order it again.

                            We also ordered a plate of raw horse meat slices to cook in the hot pot, and that on the other hand was incredibly tasty. Taste somewhere between beef and pork, with a slight sweet tang, and tender without being fatty.