Your tree huggers are probably livid that I would even bring up this controversial topic. But the fact of the matter is, dog meat is a cultural and traditional aspect of Vietnam, especially in the north. Throughout Asia many countries eat dogs, including Korea. Now the dogs that are eaten are actually specifically farmed to be eaten. You wouldn't get a purebreed like a lab or a golden retriever on your plate. The occasional neighbor's mutt though, but that's rare.
Saigon has an alley street near the Ha Noi market that caters to Vietnamese men who want to try this delicacy out. Remember, westerners think that all Vietnamese eat dog meat. This is simply far from the truth. Usually only men with experience in dog meat would attempt it. Many young people nowadays would never consider eating it on a regular basis simply because there are other meats available. Prices believe it or not are actually very reasonable.
The thing about dog meat is that it's actually very sophisticated. There are certain herbs and veggies that you have to eat it with the meat. There's so many dishes. And surprisingly, it didn't taste gamey or smelly like I thought it would. That's right, I tried it. I figured why not? Combined with a little peer pressure mostly from Pho Bolsa TV and some shots of hard liquor (you dont eat dog meat with beer. only with liquor) and I was lost and almost forgot where I was for a while. I nibbled at a few pieces and ate more of others. The grilled dog tasted just like grilled anything else. The boiled dog tasted 90% like a lean pork. You wouldn't know it was dog unless someone told you. You'd think it was high quality pork.
Did you know that pigs are super intelligent and actually a lot smarter than dogs?
So as you can see, I'm not completely against dog eating. I mean, I don't see a real difference between a cow, a pig, or a dog. A pet dog is not the same animal as a dog raised with a sole purpose for human consumption. Yes, dogs can be a man's best friend, but not all dogs are this way. Can't you argue that pets at your local pound being put to sleep is a waste? They're getting killed and just merely ground up into ashes. Here, they're ground into meat balls.
Now the question remains, will I try it again? Probably not. I did it. I'm Asia. I'm a dog eater. Done. Like many other young people in Vietnam, I believe there's already a slew of other and tastier proteins available. I don't see a real need to have to eat this because I don't really drink recreationally nor will I start. But I do firmly believe in just trying something once. I just wanted to get it out of the way. It's like losing one's virginity. Before it happens it's always a big deal. Once it happens, it's really no biggie.
What do you think about this? Would you try it? Are you man enough? Or are you going to sit at home and eat your carrots and pet your gerbils?