Eating dog meat in Hanoi, Vietnam

dog head

How much is that doggie in the window? *woof woof*

The one with the waggly tail?

dog head me

How much is that doggie in the window?

dog paws

I do hope that doggie’s for sale!

thit cho

Eating dog meat is popular amongst certain demographics in Hanoi, Vietnam. The place to head to is the row of shops bordering Red River. It is full of mom-and-pop shops with names like thit cho. Thit cho literally means dog meat in Vietnam.

dog meat butcher

It looks like a butcher shop and not a restaurant since all the dog chopping action is happening on the ground floor, but fear not, there is actually a place for people to enjoy a nice meal of canine meat upstairs.

chopping dog meat

I chose a platter of mixed dog cuts to experience the texture and taste of man’s best friend – it’s served with a dipping sauce which tastes like fermented shrimp paste (cincalok) and turns into a vivid shade of purple when my guide mixed it.

cooking dog meat

My guide is a motorbike driver you’ll find loitering around in the Old Quarter – it’s the best way to get around! I negotiated a return trip for VND 5,000 + 1 Beer Hanoi and I get to choose the thit cho place. Pro tip: You should always have the final choice when dealing with local drivers coz they might have kickbacks from certain outlets. I chose the one that had the most locals upstairs – a rowdy bunch that kept on chanting something before drinking their vodka.

dog sausage

The portly woman who owns the place did not appear to be very friendly (she viewed my camera with considerable suspicion) but after one of her staff passed me a piece of dog meat and I ate it before giving her the thumbs up sign, she warmed up to me considerably and led me upstairs. The price for dog meat should range around VND 20,000 to VND 30,000 per 100 grams.

dog meat shoes

You take off your shoes and sit on the floor with a piece of newspaper being the communal dining place in lieu of a proper table. It’s customary to drink vodka with dog meat but I didn’t want to get fucking sloshed and then lose my way in a dodgy part of town so I went with the ubiquitous Bia Ha Noi instead.

dog meat seating

Most people choose a selection of mixed cuts. This is an interesting dish as it comes with pure cuts from the dog (without further cooking) and a mix of dog sausage (which gives a totally new meaning to the word “hot dog” smirk).

dog meat stew

There is also dog stew available – it tastes pretty good but after a while it got a bit cloying due to the amount of oil they use in cooking.

deep fried dog meat

Deep fried dog! Not too bad, but I prefer pure cuts.

dog meat meal

The entire meal (inclusive of beer) only costs VND 180,000 (RM 28) – a fucking bargain if you ask me.

Q&A time!

eating dog meat

I bet most of you is going to ask me this – what does dog meat taste like?

Well, dog meat tastes like dog. I’ve had dog meat in Korea but the dog meat in Hanoi tastes better since it’s not infused with a multitude of flavors. I particularly liked the pure cuts of dog – some parts like the thigh is nigh impossible to eat due to the huge bones and the tough skin and fat, but some cuts are easy enough to chew though.

dog meat upstairs

Dog meat has a very interesting taste to it. It is very odoriferous so people who don’t like mutton probably should stay away from it. You can literally taste/smell the dog as you chew it.

dog meat dip

There’s also a layer of fat between the skin and meat that imparts a very vivid flavor to the dog meat.

dog meat cuts

I love the taste – it’s like a cross between castrated pork and mutton. The meat is tough and the skin is chewy but it’s an experience unlike any other.

dog heads

The canine culinary experience is a must try for everyone with an adventurous palate. Mmm…dog meat.

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134 thoughts on “Eating dog meat in Hanoi, Vietnam”

  1. Chingy: I’m a cat person too but I’ll eat cat just to experience it. In fact, I’ll eat humans too if only just to try something different. πŸ™‚
    littletwinsjc: HAHAHAHA! Nice one. No, I doubt that is Fluffy, unless he ran all the way to Vietnam. πŸ˜‰

  2. omg I love dogs πŸ™
    if they are serving rottweilers and german shepherds on the place I’d feel even worse.
    anyway HB have you tried eating flies? I forgot where it was but there was once my dad went to this country where they served sauteed flies! yes i know that triggered your taste buds πŸ˜€

  3. Oh my, the dog died with eyes opened. Hope you didn’t consume this particular one. Otherwise it will come back to haunt you. Wooo…woOOOooo!! Whoops, Hungry Ghost Festival is over, ya. Hee! πŸ˜‰
    P.s. Wonder if that dog was dressed in red before it was killed, eh?

  4. Ry: I doubt they serve those breeds – those pure breds are too expensive for a RM 30 meal. I ate a lot of dog – various cuts, sausages with dog, dog stew, fried dog etc.
    Mmm…flies! Sauteed to boot. Hey ask your dad, I wouldn’t mind trying flies. I bet I’ve eaten some inadvertantly but not conciously.
    Would love it if you can provide more info mate! πŸ™‚
    Yvonne: Yeah, they beat the dogs before they kill them. Claims that it gets the blood flowing, resulting in tender meat. The meat, I will not describe as tender by any stretch of the imagination. It’s tough. πŸ™‚
    I ate this one! πŸ™‚

  5. Huai Bin, u make me feel scary to go Hanoi…
    I show my sister and mum, both of them said next week go Hanoi eat popiah enuf.. ntohgin else… hahahaha
    Anyhow,i have stole one of ur photo and upload in FB.. hope u dont mind ya

  6. sim: Heh! No la mate, it’s just a local delicacy, you can opt not to have it. I just wanted to to try to differences between Korean vs Vietnamese dog meat. πŸ™‚
    Hey, you should try Hanoi pho – they have a specialty which has ca cuong (giant water bug) very nice tastes, adds a lot to the pho.
    Don’t forget to try the bun cha too. πŸ™‚
    All regular food. πŸ™‚
    KY: Yeah, indeed. I bet China has better photo ops though, I hear they eat cats in China too. That one I gotta check out. Besides the live monkey brains. πŸ™‚

  7. Tan Yee Hou: HAHA! It’s kinda hard to troll when if you do you seem intolerant. It’s like how chickens are reared in the US – quite cruel too. Plus Hindus would be offended if you eat beef. It’s the classic case of different cultures, different tastes. πŸ™‚

  8. sim: Cheers bro! Remember to ask for ca cuong, it’s local specialty of Hanoi for pho. Bun cha is available everywhere but some places are nicer than the others. Enjoy Hanoi! πŸ™‚

  9. omg…. there u go again…
    now the dogs head looks small.. don’t tell me it’s a puppy? nooooooo….. did u ask what type of dog is it? (maybe pariah.. like u see on the street) and how old was the dog?

  10. Yes, eating dogs, cows, chickens or any other living creature is a matter of cultural sensitivity…
    But what gives me the chills is how you – a man raised in a culture that treats dogs as lovable human companions – can so nonchalantly devour them for nothing more than a fleeting experience.
    don’t get me wrong; this is not one of those holier-than-thou “how dare you?!?!” rants. i may be a dog lover, but i realize there is no logical argument under the sun that could strip you of your right to eat anything you want.
    i’m just genuinely disturbed by your lack of compassion – and i am compelled to ask you (out of a morbid curiosity and with no morally superior condescension whatsoever):
    have you ever suspected yourself of being a sociopath?

  11. Yes, eating dogs, cows, chickens or any other living creature is a matter of cultural sensitivity…
    But what gives me the chills is how you – a man raised in a culture that treats dogs as lovable human companions – can so nonchalantly devour them for nothing more than a fleeting experience.
    don’t get me wrong; this is not one of those holier-than-thou “how dare you?!?!” rants. i may be a dog lover, but i realize there is no logical argument under the sun that could strip you of your right to eat anything you want.
    i’m just genuinely disturbed by your lack of compassion – and i am compelled to ask you (out of a morbid curiosity and with no morally superior condescension whatsoever):
    have you ever suspected yourself of being a sociopath?

  12. shimmers999: Nope, I didn’t ask what breed it is…their English is VERY limited, would be best to ask a Vietnamese-English speaker to translate. πŸ™‚
    Cherry: Hey, very valid point Cherry, but a bit of a slippery slope argument there. πŸ™‚
    One of the greatest traits of being a sociopath is a lack of emphathy (towards humans) and alas, I have more than enough of that. Thus, I do not qualify.
    However, understand that you love dogs, and sorry that the post disturbs you. πŸ™
    Michael (MIke): HAHA! It’s VERY different thing from EATING dogs and KILLING dogs. I wouldn’t know how to go about the latter. I can’t even kill a chicken. I mean I can, but it wouldn’t taste good. πŸ™
    Cherry: Oh, like I said, no worries on that account, very sensible and pragmatic person here. πŸ™‚
    Sorry to hear that it disturbed you. T_T
    Michael (MIke): It’s what I aim to be…going places where no one has gone before…eating things that not many people have tried before. πŸ™‚

  13. Oh, you are sick! This is horrid. I can’t believe that you want to try eating humans as well. You are insane. No wonder no one wants to be hanging around you for long (I realise that, from your quick change of friends and people you hang out with), because you have a weird approach towards everything you do, and that is because, you want people to think that you are an individual, and that they should embrace you for that. But hey, no way would they after this segment of your life on eating dog meat! The ofiderous smell is not from the dogs, rather, it’s from you.

  14. the roasted dog looks like roasted suckling pig! But you made it looked so digusting by showing the skulls and all… don’t think I’ll be adventurous enough to try it!

  15. Michelle Chin: Oh ya, I’ve eaten horse in China too. I need to beef up (pun intended) my list of exotic animals that I’ve eaten. Heh! πŸ™‚
    rocket: Nope, it’s not raw, they smoke it first – basically smoked dog meat. It’s pretty good. Tastes like dog. πŸ˜‰
    Chee Wee: Heh! Did you like the taste? πŸ™‚
    I used to see dog and cat in Malaysia when I was a kid but not anymore.
    Sharon: I don’t believe I have any friends named Sharon Jane. πŸ˜‰
    I don’t know you and your argument is a logical fallacy. My blog is not the entirity of my real life. πŸ™‚
    rocket: Nooooooo…humans can’t taste like chicken! Human meat must have a special taste and texture to it. πŸ™‚
    I’ll be very disappointed if I get to try it and it REALLY tastes like chicken. πŸ™
    Snoop Dog: …but why? πŸ™‚
    eiling: You gotta try it at least once! It’s a great eating experience. πŸ™‚
    Seriously, I bet it’ll go well with a good wine, now we just have to think of what to pair it with. πŸ˜‰

  16. This experience takes me a little out of my comfort zone but I guess that’s a good thing. I would be willing to try dog meat.
    Not sure I want to see the dog, though. Same can be said of most of the foods we eat, though. If people saw a cow slaughterhouse in operation they’d probably swear off beef for good.
    I guess it was a good post because it got a lot of very positive or very negative reactions. Oh, and I disagree about human meat, I gotta draw the line somewhere.
    See you on Twitter (where you should follow @andrewzimmern).

  17. Ken D.: Nice! You’re open to new experiences. πŸ™‚
    Yeah, like chickens too, their living conditions are atrocious. We still eat it though.
    Well, if I’m ever in Papua New Guinea (not sure if they still practise it over there) I would do it – it’s more of a travel and do as the locals do experience mpore than anything. πŸ™‚

  18. Ryan: Yup, no worries about that. πŸ™‚
    Sorry about the dog, just had to eat the local specialty. πŸ™‚
    Tay: It is a bit of an aquired taste and the culture of dog eating is interesting, the latter is part of the reason why I went too. πŸ™‚

  19. anonymous: Hey, sorry about that. I can’t promise that I won’t eat it anymore, since I do travel quite a bit and if it’s known for that…
    I do understand your concern though, thanks for voicing it out! πŸ™‚

  20. anonymous: Hey, sorry about that. I can’t promise that I won’t eat it anymore, since I do travel quite a bit and if it’s known for that…
    I do understand your concern though, thanks for voicing it out! πŸ™‚

  21. Whoops sorry for the multiple posts!
    The last part of my rant was of course rather far fetched. Tongue-in-cheekness does not always come across well over the interwebz πŸ˜‰
    Like I said, I don’t think I or any other dog lover is better or more morally upright than you – I just find it hard to understand your motivations.
    Wait…does that make ME the sociopath???

  22. Cherry: Hey no worries. πŸ™‚
    People make a big deal out of nothing at all. I would eat just about anything to experience it at least once. πŸ™‚
    I’m a cat person but that does not dissuade me from eating cats. There is a difference between my cat and a stray (or a bred made for eating).
    That’s my distiction. πŸ™‚
    I love to eat different items – whatever, whenever, whereever. πŸ™‚
    That is my motivation.

  23. well this is a deviation from the norm. i have been to vietnam a few times but i stay away from the exotic meats. coming from a family that hunts, i have tasted many different types of meat but i guess i would draw the line at certain animals.
    dogs are one of them.
    just wondering HB, have you tried the rats? i heard that’s good too, haha

  24. I’ll just stick to Bun Bo Hue for Vietnamese delicacy. Damn! Beating before killing to make the meat more tender?? #&%*$ What kind of BS concept is that? Do they have a better and faster way to slaughter??

  25. Oh my gosh, HB !! so horrible and terrible. You have a very very very bad bad bad mouth!! u eat anything also everything that can be eat! I salute also sobssss! u eat snake den, ok fine. But u eat dog !! Sum more show out their skulls that never smile one!! Your have a stoneeeeeeeeee no bloooood heart. T____T sobssssssssss

  26. @Lion…How could those dog smile when they were being slaughtered…sigh..
    i know saying this would be unfair to other animals ..
    But, dogs are great companions…)
    so do horses
    Nevertheless, this is still a very informative blog..keep it up )

  27. i bet you didnt check the conditions those dogs where kept in when they were alive and being prepaired to kill. im sure the look on a the face of a creature that can so easily portray its emations to humans because of the shared history we have and the imprint we’ve had in theyre evolution such as dogs, may have shocked you enough. then again maybe its just a few people like me who feel that close to canines. and im not saying your wrong for what you did( even tho it does sound like it lol, and i could never), i would like to know if you did see the conditions the dogs were kept in would you have changed your mind?

  28. fish Fish: yeah, makes no sense, stressing the animal will make the meat tougher, silly people.
    Steven_v: how abut cows, the same can be said.
    HB: Unfortunately, human taste like chicken, it’s been well documented, except for you, you taste like bourbon flavoured chicken. ha ha

  29. Can’t understand why some people are having such a confined cultural awareness. come on visit ur nearest abattoir.
    anyway it is utterly awesome post dude! keep it goin

  30. Vickie: I hear they serve wolf sashimi or something to that effect too! πŸ™‚
    musique7775: Heh! Cheers my friend! =D
    seth.frostheart: Interesting! I would love to come from a family that hunts…would be interesting to sample all sorts of exotic meat. I don’t draw the line anyway, meat is meat. πŸ™‚
    Yup, I’ve tried rats – the field rats are HUGE in Guilin, China.
    Pretty good stuff. πŸ™‚
    fish fish: Hmm…you know, I think they do that to cattle as well. Beating it before slaughtering it. At least in some places, Kobe does the exact opposite. Heh! πŸ™‚
    Mike: Thanks Mike! πŸ™‚
    Lion: Haha! No laaaaaa it’s not liddat okay. I’m not killing them for fun or something – now that would be wrong. I’m just eating what has already been killed and would have ended up in someone’s else’s stomach anyway. πŸ™‚
    victer: Thanks Victer! Yeah, it was VERY taboo to kill horses back in the days (when they were primary modes of transport). Camels too – for a practical reason, they needed them to carry stuff and go around. That’s where most taboos stem from but people eat camel meat nowadays. It’s quite common! πŸ™‚
    steven_v: Hmm…that’s a very good question Steven. I guess I wouldn’t change my mind. It’s just like chickens – if you see how they’re treated you’ll be kinda grossed out at their living conditions but we still all eat chicken! πŸ™‚
    rocket: Really? Shit, then there’s no point in eating it. Where did you read that? I would have thought it would have tasted very different. πŸ™
    HAHA no I taste like vodka infused chicken. πŸ˜‰
    Lion: I think the way the skulls are that way is coz the mouth and lips are burnt during the smoking process, so it shows like they are snarling but it’s actually just the way the dog’s head is. πŸ™‚

  31. ALEX: Yeah, most people don’t see how cattle and pigs and chickens are treated and slaughtered…and there’s also a bit of a taboo about “domesticated” animals but the word “domesticated” actually has a very broad meaning – horses, cows etc are all domesticated animals. πŸ™‚

  32. My argument, a logical fallacy? Fine, I give it to you for eating dog meat. Afterall, you are what you eat. I would think your explanation is nothing short of a fallacy though. You are trying to tell me that bordering on the thought of eating human flesh is correct. Ok, so perhaps, if any of your family member passes on, you might just save the burial costs by feasting on his/her flesh. That way, you can proudly declare that you have had human flesh before, what’s more, your loved one’s. Looking forward to that blog entry.

  33. Some people eat it purely for attention, especially when he owns a blog and then gives the clichΓ©d excuse, “different culture”. Lolx.
    There are animals reared for poultry and animals not for poultry. Get this fact in your stupid head first.
    If you are really a daredevil whose only interest is in tasting the food, you wouldn’t have tried to provoke readers with that gruesome picture.
    What an idiotic bastard.
    And for the record, you have idiotic friends and readers too, some of whom are famous bloggers and people who work in Nuffnang, which is a shame really. All these people will go to extra lengths to ‘puji’ you just because you bring them money and attention.
    I really hope you will try human meat and document it here. That way you will be a true daredevil, albeit behind bars. OOO but then again what are bars to you, you are an ex-addict anyway. Lolx.

  34. For those who use the “it’s a culture” reasoning, please first understand how it came to be a way of life.
    Poultry meats were scarce during the wars and famine period. Hence many especially those in China, Vietnam, Korea ended up eating all sorts of things, rats, dogs, horses, etc etc. This is also the reason why every part of a pig is utilized for consumption from the ears, stout right down to the tail because people didn’t want to waste any during those times.
    We have moved past this period or we may haven’t, judging from the continuance of this way of life.
    p/s: can huai bin please answer this question properly instead of deflecting? “Was the dogs killed in a proper manner or in a cruel manner as depicted in videos we see circulating in the net?” Please don’t give the “how about poultry” excuse, while there are some irresponsible poultry owners, poultry rearing is generally a humane industry with its own set of rules and law.

  35. Toxicanadian: Hmm…I’m not sure about the customs in Thailand. I’ve never had dog in Thailand, only Vietnam and Korea. πŸ™‚
    In Korea it’s a special breed of dog that they eat. πŸ™‚
    Sharon + Doggie: Can you like use different IP addresses? It’s really obvious who you are.
    You’re totally missing the point with your snide personal attacks. It just shows how emotionally invested you are.
    It’s not about the dog, you’re just trying to rile people up, it’s something you have against me and others. πŸ˜‰
    Guess it’s not working. Heh!
    Ronz: Hello there! I’m not deflecting, I didn’t see how it was killed so I don’t know. πŸ™‚
    rocket: HAHAHA! Sharon/Doggie and the other nick I can’t remember is the same person. Well known trolls. Sociopath couple and friends. πŸ™‚

  36. Jester: Sorry! πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™
    I just had to do it. πŸ™
    Rachel Kristen Tan: Alas! πŸ™
    I’ve already eaten it. It’s quite nice actually. :S
    I can’t pass up a chance like this. Sorry! πŸ™

  37. Sorry dude, but I don’t know who Doggie is. I am just stating facts from my own point of view. I think perhaps, you need to check the IP addresses properly, to see who Doggie is.
    I wasn’t even attacking you. I was just stating facts. :)))))))))))))))

  38. Oh no.. πŸ™ I am going to hide my dog away from you !
    I don’t like to see u eating dogs but like reading about your experiences .. cos I know I will never go that far!

  39. Jess: Heh! No la, I don’t kill dogs, I just eat dogs which have been killed. πŸ™‚
    Don’t worry, I wouldn’t harm your dog. =D
    Hmm…what kind of meat do you draw the line at?
    xes: w00t! Yeah, if only it was more meaty. I love the taste too! Awesome stuff! πŸ™‚

  40. Darren: Nope, they don’t. I asked coz I wanted to try the head but the translation that came back was that it’s not edible. I doubt there is much meat on the head anyway and if they say it’s not edible, these connosiours of canine meat, I trust them. πŸ™‚

  41. “I didn’t want to get fucking sloshed and then lose my way in a dodgy part of town”
    –> Hmmm, that’s not normally a concern is it? Maybe you’re getting older, and wiser? ;p

  42. thanks HB. I dont eat dog, but I dont condemn those that do. while watching a dvd this evening, one of three little dogs kept bitting my anlke. and I said to my self, when times get hard, you are gonna be the first to go…. eating dog horrifies most persons in the west, like eating horse. yet I have no problem killing, gutting , and preserving pork, or beef or chicken. I guess is cows, hogs or chicken are not pets or national symbols or even certain fish. or mammals. care for a manetee steak? but cats are different. makes no sense. well they just are, ok… but it was almost 10 years ago I googled camel meat. well ok, in a pinch, but I wold not make a steady diet of it… like possum or armidillo. or rattle snake meat. its really not that good. like gator. but If we were marooned… I got my eye on you… spare hb ribs… and that sounds…awful.I like palm many vegtables, but not buggs. see? God bless HB.( if taking a bite, avoide the liver or brain. think I already used that up..)

  43. One I also noticed. your left hand is almost identiecal to mine in in vein and tendon structure. and I like meat. but carrion or meat eaters dont make for a good meal. to many things to be passed on. and I condemn no one. but not a good idea. unless starving. you look like you got some nice ribs… , hey quit bitting my ankle , I thought about one of three dogs… you will be the first to go… but not a good idea. even omnivore. like bear. tough, stringy not so great. like rabbit. or squirl. I try to treat all creatures as I would be treated. but make no mistake, You are at the top of the food chain. for now…. but thanks HB. sometimes I like just rice or vegatarian dishes. but in the back of my mind, of the three dogs I have, I think of one and say to myself, you will be the first to go… human nature. we are not perfect.

  44. but we can aspire to better. I dont eat veal or foie grass. and that is ok. dont make me better, ones meat is anothers thing on tv. gengis kahan\s riders used to drink horse blood. through neck tubes. fact ot fiction. It is kinda gross though..

  45. oh hells, i’m all queasy now. hats off to you for being able to stomach that stuff, but dogs are just one of those critters i’d rather feed than eat. πŸ™

  46. Jess: That’s what I usually eat too. πŸ™‚
    Those are the staples, these are the interesting stuff I eat when I’m on vacation coz they’re local specialties. πŸ™‚
    yy: Yup eating dogs is pretty common amongst certain bits of the population in Vietnam. πŸ™‚
    julian: Heh! True true…speaking from experience this one. Did exactly that in Guilin, China. Good thing nothing happened. πŸ™‚
    peter: Yup, they don’t eat purebreds, it’ll be too expensive – it certainly won’t come with a RM 30 price tag for a whole meal. πŸ™‚
    Kotli: Hmm…I guess if prepared incorrectly, anything can be hazardous to your health. πŸ™‚
    Yih Yann: Monkeys! I didn’t know that was a speciality there or I would have tried it too. πŸ™‚
    furball: …so I’ve been told. πŸ˜‰
    tom robinson: Hello tom! Yeah, a lot of people judge, good thing that you don’t even though you won’t eat dog. I still remember that camel meat post, it was how you surfed over. πŸ™‚
    Interesting! We have similar left hand structures. πŸ™‚
    Luci: Oops…sorry about that. πŸ™‚
    dogbone: Yeah, coz people think of them as pets. πŸ™‚
    I doubt they eat pets over there – more likely strays or specially bred dogs.
    Yeah, I can understand how you feel coz I love cats too and that recent cat mutilation video disturbed me.
    However, I draw the line between torturing and killing them for fun and just eating them. πŸ™‚
    Vicky: I don’t eat dog on a regular basis! It’s impossible. πŸ™‚
    I eat the same stuff as everyone does. I only eat dog if it’s a local specialty when I travel. πŸ™‚
    Mr. Poh: Oh, how do you know I haven’t already? πŸ˜‰
    goolooloo: I’ve been diagnosed with certain disorders but my mental health is perfectly fine. πŸ™‚
    It tastes pretty good to be honest.
    Linda: I was kidding Linda. T______T
    Really, I won’t eat your dog. I wouldn’t even know how to go about killing or cooking it. πŸ™
    I wouldn’t do that to you anyway.
    I was kidding! πŸ™‚

  47. No, humans are only koshers for you. Cos I said–You are what you eat. And that applies solely to u, because I used that line on you dude. πŸ™‚

  48. No, humans are only koshers for you. Cos I said–You are what you eat. And that applies solely to u, because I used that line on you dude. πŸ™‚

  49. No, humans are koshers, only for u. Because, I used that line-‘you are what you eat’, solely on you. Nonetheless, have a great week ahead.

  50. This does not appeal to me at all as pisces i love dogs, but any girls here who own real fur products, especially from china really should look into the trade. I’ve see Chinese guy often skin a fox alive, from skull to toe.. literally all gone Skin comes off easiest while alive apparently! 2 other guys nail and hold Fox in place. Then they kick it in the corner to die a slow agonising death.. but hey you get that cute fascinator right? One of the saddest things I ever saw.

  51. kenny: Thanks bro! πŸ™‚
    Putixing: I totally understand where you’re coming from but it’s a local specialty over there. πŸ™
    Adam: Haha! You have a right sense of perspective my friend. All humor bones intact and all. πŸ™‚
    Si: Erm…I don’t want to apologize but I’ve never had fox before. πŸ™‚
    Lainie: Seriously doubt it, at those prices, it’s gotta be raised or strays. πŸ™‚

  52. Actually i would still EAT dog too if I had to, though it sounds disgusting..That first pic just reminds me of the skinned fox I saw. Is it true dogs can smell it on you once you have eaten their kind and forever fear you as a predator?

  53. Well, I do see how people would say ew to eating a dog..I say ew to it too..but anyone who’s saying EW is only saying EW because where they live, dogs are domestic, and pets. It’s just like we eat cow and goat and sheep and chicken and turkey and lamb? Some other places some of those things are domestic pets, and they’re sacred too. So they’re saying EW to our ideas. So pretty much what I’m trying to say is, don’t say EW how could someone do that, because they can just say EW right back to us.

    • We can say whatever we like on the matter. The fact is that dog is man’s best friend – they lead the blind, assist the police, aid the disabled and provide love and loyalty to people worldwide. They are not farm animals but have a special connection with mankind – I was in Vietnam recently and the Dogs and puppies all wagged their tails and wanted to play when I came near. How can someone slaughter something which puts such faith in mankind?

      I consider my dogs family members and so do many people in Vietnam. I’ve heard that dog meat restaurants in Vietnam often buy dog meat from dogs robbers – this means the guy who wrote this article could be eating a beloved family pet – it’s sick.

      • I think its extremely sad when a dog wags its tail and rushes to its owner, not knowing that its death that awaits, often extremely cruel inhumane death. I see it as an abuse of trust and animal abuse. It is a no-go zone for me too, coz I think it is WRONG. It is almost like you have no heart.

    • My dogs are my family. Eating them is like eating my own parents or children.

      You can’t even differenciate between food & working animals. Name me a breed of dog that was bred to be meant for human consumption. I don’t give a damn if others say EW to me if I eat chicken or fish or pork & I totally against those who eat dogs or cats or anykind of animals that are not meant to be food.

      Maybe you will argue that the dogs population is over-crowded & no harm to eat some dogs. Well, I guess those who think that will eat up your own parents or children when your family or country is over populated?

  54. Krystle, chihuahuas and pekinese were specifically bred for food by the Mexicans and Chinese, respectively. Look it up.

    As for “doggy” taste…just like any other meat…if you feed it well as it is growing, kill it humanely, and prepare it carefully it won’t have the strong taste. The vietnamese sometimes grab any dog off the street and whack it after scaring the crap out of it…the adrenalin saturates the muscles and it tastes awful. If you stress a deer by chasing it before shooting it, the same thing happens…it does not taste as good.

    The filipinos and Borneo malay know how to prepare it. And it has to be black dog.

  55. EW! not to the dog meat (because I never tasted it) but to all those ppl who express disgust to others who njoy it! I come from a country where a certain religion considers cows (any bovine) to be ‘mothers’ (i took birth in that same religious community, i.e. hindus) and hate others who eats beef. Do you think its right? Do you think you can dictate ppl’s preferences? Its not cannibalism right! its not eating endangered species, right? if its none of those, how can you demand any moral superiority? Or u support conservative hindu idea of hating all beef eaters, which I think all of us here are, including me!

    Will eat dog meat if my subjective taste buds like it. No issues!

  56. This is absolutely disgusting. Considering the fact that my dogs are my family this looks like cannibalism.

    Wow. I wish this practice would completely stop. Aren’t there enough animals to eat already??? Jesus.

  57. WTF….fucking son of a bitch… YOU EAT DOGMEAT…i hope u will burning in hell!! BURN MOTHERFUCKER…BURN!!!! and ure hole family to

  58. CANT belive it…..BURN BURN BURN ….ugly asian visage …hope all of ur fucking dogeating bastards get fucked in your dirty asian ass by Hitler for that

  59. When you look at the faces of the slaughtered dogs, you get an impression of the pain and fear they endured before death released them. The grin on their face is a witness of the sickening torture they endured at the hands of men, for their greed, selfishness and lack of dignity and compassion. To that unworthy species dogs have given their love and loyalty, and to those who tortured them they wagged their tail and showed their affection. This was what they got in return… No words can express my disgust.

  60. I work at an animal welfare charity in Vietnam, part of out work involves investigating the dog meat trade. Yes it is a cultural difference and it is due to the values with which we have been raised which makes it acceptable for us to eat pigs/cows etc but not dogs. The issue, however, should not be the practice of eating dogs but the brutal and despicable treatment of the animals before being eaten.
    I would like to state categorically the welfare in this trade its atrocious, the dogs are crated, rammed full into containers where many suffer broken limbs and a significant number die from heat stress and suffocation before they even reach the slaughter house. A vast number of these animals are also stolen from local villagers – our local staff have their pets stolen on a regular basis. Once at the slaughter house the animals are dogs are beaten before being clubbed to death, this is thought to tenderise the meat. Our Vietnamese workers have accompanied international journalists to these slaughter houses – these people have all seen some horrendous things in their time and even they are still horrified by what happens to the dogs.
    I have no problem with people experiencing traditions but when those traditions involve excessive cruelty it would be nice if people could think twice instead of ignorantly participating with no thoughts or regard. If the transport and killing of these animals was humane then fine, experience it if you wish to, the transport and killing is on the contrary barbaric and yet tourists blithely continue to support it.

    • From Europe, those places and their owners attract only disgust and vomit.
      Violence bring violence.
      In fact, sixthseal, my friend, have you ever eaten shit? Some say it is very tasty.
      After all, this is also a travel experience you should try.

  61. Dog eaters swallow the blood of stolen dogs and the blood of people murdered for it…. and they laugh and drink while they do it… they don’t seem to realize or do not care that their taste for dog meat is the cause of the problem … for who would steal or kill if no one wanted to eat dog meat?


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