I wanted to write this article last semester, but I ran out of time… I had watched this great Friends episode with Rachel mixing two recipes – an English trifle and a Shepard’s pie recipe – and writing an article about this funny food experience was my high-priority. Today, after four hours of sleep, I decided that it was time for you to know everything about Baby Mice Wine!
Besides, who really like mice? As far as I am concerned, when I see a mouse, I become a true cliché and scream while jumping on a chair or something as near as possible 😀 I feel ridiculous but so powerless in those moments! Nevertheless, when I see those little white furred balls in cages or on television, I am deeply touched… Even if finally, the important elements to remind about mice are that they are small and live in your house without asking you if you are OK with it, and they can reproduce pretty quickly!
In fact, Baby Mice Wine is a traditional Chinese and Korean health tonic, which apparently tastes like raw gasoline. Little newborn mice with their eyes still closed and without fur yet are stuffed (while still alive) into a bottle of rice wine. They are left to ferment during a year. Thus, it is a rice wine bottle full of baby mice basically… You could say that this beverage is intriguing… And, as always in this blog, we give our opinion but never judge the culture! Do not forget that French people are known for eating snails and frogs’ legs 😀 Nevertheless, I find Baby Mice Wine terrifying. Yes, that is the word! Let me tell you why, and I hope you will totally agree with me… First, the appearance. The colour of this ‘liquid’ – yellow or orange – looks like urine to me. And then, you can see a certain number of two to three days old mice inside the bottle. At that precise moment, when I saw this wine, it sickened me, and I cannot imagine ever feeling the need to imbibe tiny rodents. Ever.
Mice are already common experimental animals in psychology and biology, why are they drunk now? Moreover, mice are also used as pet food in various countries, for pets such as snakes, frogs, tarantulas, birds of prey and pet stores have mice for this purpose. Hopefully, some countries like Germany and the United Kingdom have banned this practice, citing ethical concerns regarding both predator and prey.
I know that your reaction will be ‘yuck’, ‘gross’ or at least I hope… I mean, I do not understand why people persist in preparing baby things… Anyway, I had to talk about that! In fact, if you look further, you will find foods in this world that do not even seem ‘possible’. Not just that they could exist, but that people would actually put such things in their mouths without a gun to their head 😀