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Jul 10, 2008 02:08 PM

Are there places in the US that serve lungs?

If so, what are they...cuz I heard that lungs were prohibited in the US by the FDA--is that true? And also, how are lungs best prepared and what should they taste like??

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  1. Plenty of dim sum places serve lungs.

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    1. re: PeterL

      Check out Incanto in SF. They are known for an "offal" lot of animal parts. Sorry, I couldn't control myself.....

      1. re: adamshoe

        That joke, was, of course, "offal". Shame on you.

      2. re: PeterL

        I've also had lung at dim sum in NYC. Really not to my taste.

      3. On a side note: Spanish for cow lungs is "bofe"

        ( )

        I google bofe and all I get is ... Bank of England.

        1. I buy smoked lung ("bofe") in my supermarket. I usually simmer in an adobo or teriyaki based liquid and serve with rice.

          1. I thought commercial consumption of lungs is illegal in the US.

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            1. re: JungMann

              Out of curiousity, why do you think that? You may very well be right, but googling doesn't turn anything obvious up for me and I often saw lungs for sale in butcher shops in the US as well as in Chinese restaurants.

              1. re: tmso

                There is a Filipino dish called bopis that my grandfather used to make in the 70s and 80s. In trying to recreate the dish, I came across several websites that told me that it is illegal to sell lungs in the U.S. Same reason fuqi feipian is made with tongue and tripe instead of lungs stateside.

                1. re: tmso

                  Just the other day I watched an episode of Bourdain's "Cook's Tour" from Scotland, and he mentioned that you can't get "real haggis" in the US because lung is illegal.

                  That's all I got.

              2. My old Italian friend also said that years ago he could simply go to the market and buy sheep lung (he used it as part of sausage making), but today they banned it (this in Canada).
                He only had lung when buying a whole animal at an abbatoir.

                But I see pork lung in the Italian grocery nowadays, so I don't know what gives....

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                1. re: porker

                  Saw pork lung and and a mess of other innards packaged and for sale across from the butcher's counter at the Dufferin Mall No Frills here in Toronto.