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Pig Rectum poses as calamari

Please say it's not true

http://gothamist.com/2013/01/14/is_th...

But then there's this

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/fo...

Really? Can this just be another one of those made up stories?

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  1. I'm going to stick to tentacles from now on, my favorite part. I feel a case of heebie jeebies coming on, THANKS!

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    1. re: mcf

      After reading the thread name I misread your post as sticking to testicles. I refuse to even click on the link.

      1. What is being served is chittlin's (chitterlings). I suggest if you wish to have calamari that you patronize a reputable seafood store.

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        1. re: ChiliDude

          I thought chittlins were intestine, not rectum?

          1. re: mcf

            Rectum = intestine + time + gravity

            1. re: mcf

              It's all part of the gastrointestinal system. Just ask your doctor next time you visit him.

          2. I would not be surprised if the rectums are eaten in Asia. As calamari? Maybe.

            I will choose to believe it is happening here so I can have a good laugh and wonder what manufacturers are using to create that... authentic fishy smell you get with purchased frozen calamari rings.

            I heard a decade or so ago about restaurants subbing punched out skate wing for scallops. That did not surprise me. There have been a handful of times where I have ordered grouper and not received grouper. Then they try to deny it. But I have caught and cooked more grouper than the average person. Grouper looks like... GROUPER. So who knows what some are doing. Best not to think to much about it if you are delicate.

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            1. re: Sal Vanilla

              Though I've never ordered it, I've seen it on the menus of several Chinese restaurants. It's listed as "pork bung," and is usually stewed in some way. Since I don't like tripe, I figured there wasn't much chance I'd like pork bung.

              1. re: Caroline1

                I like that they did not try to mince words. We eat intestines, why not the bung hole?

                1. re: Sal Vanilla

                  although it does make me think of the supposed list of ingredients for hot dogs: lips and assholes....

                  1. re: sunshine842

                    Laughs~ I am so mad that I did not think to go there.

            2. The 2 links are just reporting on the same radio story, and make it clear that the story teller doubts if it is true. No one went record to say it is true.

              Traditionally some of the larger sausages use bung as the casing. I've had Mexican blood sausage (moronga) which was probably stuffed into the larger end of the pig's intestines. I've also seen bung sold at a large Asian grocery.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/394099

              1. So long as they don't use the pig rectums in sushi I'm okay with it