It is said that we are what we eat, but what happens when we eat things that would make most taste buds curl up and die?
To each culture its own, and it is said that for many Chinese, mouse meat is a sweet, tasty delicacy.
Locals in Guangdong province, southern China, are known throughout the country as people who will eat any food, no matter how it looks, sounds or tastes.
Mouse meat is far more expensive than more conventional meats such as chicken or pork, and is not for the faint of heart.
Those who indulge regularly claim that the meat is very versatile and that it can be enjoyed roasted, fried or boiled.
A special delicacy in China is cured mouse bacon, which is made into tiny strips and requires a very delicate carving technique.
Exporters in southern China are now seeking to export this delicacy to the rest of the nation so that others can enjoy this uniquely tasty dish.
“Some people worry that mice aren’t clean, but these are all wild, free-range mice caught in the countryside, and are very healthy. They are thought of as a special treat,” said Wan Shen, who owns a butcher shop where he sells freshly caught mice.
There are those in other parts of the world who eat fried mice, as evidenced by the video below.
Still, one can only say “to each his own” before retreating into a back bathroom and…throwing up.