Pig Blood for dinner!! Ugh!! As a non vegetarian I am quite immune to seeing different parts of an animal in my refrigerator. But, the sight of pig blood jelly was not something I could take!! As soon as my room mate saw me gawking at the open refrigerator, she said that she was planning to prepare dinner with them.
Pig Blood Jelly!
Having pork I can handle, but pig blood!! Come on, you must be kidding me! But my pig headed room mate didn’t agree! It was from the diatribe that followed that I got a wealth of information about the use of animal blood in many cuisines around the world. Supposedly the Maasai of Tanzania actually consumes an absolutely gruesome drink made from blood from their cattle and milk!
They do this by nicking the jugular vein of the cattle and serve often for celebration or as a rejuvenating drink for the sick! And I thought milk alone was bad, they just just made it worse!
Cattle blood in Milk
Pig blood is more popular in cuisines. I have heard of blood sausages made from pig blood but have never ever wanted to try one. Pig blood is actually used to flavor porridges and sometimes even cured with salt so that they can be saved and used later. Gives a whole new meaning to bleeding to death!!
Pig Blood Sausages
Some of the options my roommate had for her “Pig Blood for dinner menu”
Pig Blood for dinner dish 1 - Pig blood Soup
Pig Blood Soup
This is a dish that is very popular in North Vietnam and is made form congealed pigs blood with a few spring onions chopped into it.
Different variations of it are made all around the world and they often use Pig blood jelly to make it.
Pig Blood for dinner dish 2 -Finnish Pig Blood Pancake
Finnish Pigs blood Pancakes
This is traditionally made in Finland and other part of Scandinavia and often served with lingonberries.
Pig Blood for dinner dish 3 - Dinuguan or Chocolate meat
Oh!, don’t be deceived by its name. This is also made form pig blood with garlic, chili and vinegar. Dinuguan comes from the word dugo meaning “blood”.
Blood for dinner dish 2 -Pig Blood Stew
Pig Blood Stew
Stewed Pigs blood jelly!!! The picture says it all!
Blood for dinner dish 3 -Pigs Blood cake
Pig's blood cake
And finally the dessert of all desserts, Ti-hoeh-koe or Pig’s blood cake from Taiwan is made from chewy rice and pigs blood!
It is a popular dish in Taiwan and is often served steamed!! (Gross!!!)
Considering that my friend might cook up one of those for dinner, I refuse to retune home for my stomach’s sake!! No Pig blood for dinner for me!!