Warning – This post contains images that may shock and disturb you. Reader discretion is advised.
The restaurant is an unassuming little place in Canton, China. The special order isn’t on the menu, nor will you find it advertised anywhere in the place. Placing the order with the manager you’ll have a contact number taken and be added to the list. When the special ingredient is available and your turn comes around you’ll be contacted by the restaurant to come eat a meal unlike any other – a bowl of Spare Rib Soup that costs 4,000 yuan (£300, $600, 337 euros, ZAR3602). I suppose the advisory notice at the top of this post combined with the price of the dish is enough to let you know that there’s more than pork in this dish. There’s no way to sugar coat it, so here are the ingredients to Spare Rib Soup: chicken, some rare and expensive herbs and one baby, all boiled together and served as a delicacy.
That’s right folks, there are people out there in the world who can walk into a restaurant and eat babies. Well, aborted foetuses to be exact. People who believe that a bowl of boiled baby soup is exactly what you need to pep you up, and increase your sexual potency. One couple, speaking to a reporter, told how the forty-three year age gap between them made it difficult for them to consumate their marriage, yet since they’ve discovered the soup the husband has been able to make love with his nineteen year old bride every single day. Let’s hope he doesn’t get her pregnant during a shortage of his own personal viagra eh?
Getting the babies is pretty easy for the restaurant (you know, calling it a restaurant is actually the hardest part of making this post so far), although sometimes the wait for their not so secret ingredient can be quite long. They explain how a family with two girls tried again for a son but she fell pregnant with another girl. They decided to terminate the pregnancy and the restaurant offered them a way to make some extra money from it. The restaurant has a scale that they price babies on, with those closer to term bringing the most money. A baby taken all the way up to the last day it can be aborted can fetch the parents 2,000 yuan, half the price that a single bowl of the soup will bring the restaurant, while earlier foetuses can be bought for only a couple of hundred yuan.
I’ve kept this post free of images so far, so that everyone can read it. What follows are images of the preparation of the soup. You’ve been warned.