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Friday, April 2, 2010

Places That Serve Your Pet For Dinner: China: Guilinggao (Turtle)

10. China: Guilinggao (Turtle)

Guilinggao, also called Turtle Shell Jelly, is a jelly-like dessert made from the powdered shell of the Golden Coin Turtle and is a popular dish at Dim Sum all over China. People enjoy the jelly not only for its taste but for its reported medicinal value. During the preparation of Guilinggao, turtle shell powder is boiled for hours and then medicinal ingredients are added. Eventually all of the liquid evaporates until a jello-like substance is formed.

The dish is so popular that canned Guilinggao is mass-produced and is available in Chinatowns across the world.a

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