“Virgin Boy Eggs” Are A Popular, Urine-Soaked Snack In China
Basins and buckets of boys' urine are collected from primary school toilets in Chinese city of Dongyang. It is the key ingredient in "virgin boy eggs," a local tradition of soaking and cooking eggs in the urine of young boys, preferably below the age of 10. There is no good explanation for why it has to be boys' urine, just that it has been so for centuries. Locals claim that the eggs have miraculous health properties.
A vendor pours a bucket of boys' urine into a pot of hard-boiled eggs at his stall. "If you eat this, you will not get heat stroke. These eggs cooked in urine are fragrant," said Ge Yaohua, 51, who owns one of the more popular "virgin boy eggs" stalls. "They are good for your health. Our family has them for every meal. In Dongyang, every family likes eating them."