Terrified stewed soup ‘five poisons’, looks soulful but is very popular with locals due to… good detoxification

China is famous for many exotic traditional dishes, but the famous five poison soup in Guangdong province is definitely one of the weirdest and scariest!

In northern China, deep-fried scorpions on skewers like barbecue are very popular as a street food. But in the south, scorpions are very popular when dipped in soup. Although known for being extremely poisonous, this scorpion soup is actually considered an effective detox dish.

The stage of preparing the five poison stew soup

Although five poison soup is considered a part of Cantonese cuisine and culture at large, you won’t find it on the menus of every restaurant in the area.

In fact, this dish needs to be prepared by an experienced chef who knows how to extract the toxins of the scorpion before cooking to avoid poisoning the diners.

According to the disclosure, the scorpion needs to be stewed for at least three hours, along with snakes, toads and pork as well as garlic, ginger, spices and some vegetables to release the juice’s detoxifying properties. Snake meat should use water snakes to have the sweetest and most tender meat.

Terrified of the stewed soup with five poisons, it looks soulful but is very popular with the locals due to its good detoxification - Photo 2.
Terrified of the five poison stew, it looks soulful but is very popular with the locals due to its good detoxification - Photo 3.
Terrified of the five poison stewed soup, it looks soulful but is very popular with the locals due to its good detoxification - Photo 4.

Pictures of this horror dish

Although the juice of the scorpion has been mixed into the broth, most people try to eat the animal rather than throw it away. According to those who have eaten, the skin of the scorpion is very hard and also has a characteristic fishy odor.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, snake soup and whole scorpion (蝎子) can help treat ailments such as rheumatism, high blood pressure, convulsions, and skin diseases. But most restaurants recommend it as a great and nutritious way to cool off on a hot summer day.

Source: Oddity Central

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