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Ye wei or yewei (from Pinyin yěwèi) is a form of bush meat or game including exotic animals and wild animals in Chinese cuisine. It is also popular in countries such as Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand. Yewei is often sold at Chinese wet markets, and is becoming part of the restaurant culture in China.
Ye wei in Hunan
|Literal meaning||wild taste|
Historically members of the imperial courts in the dynastic eras have requested grand animals for their meals. Famous examples include the Manchu Han Imperial Feast. Though today it can be eaten by anyone with access to the wild animals (which can be imported).
The word 野 basically means "wild". As it is the shortened form of (野獸), which means "wild beasts".
There is likely no set cooking methods as different regions may have different names for the dishes. Animals can include badgers, bats, beavers, camel, chickens, civets, crab, crocodiles, dogs, donkeys, fish, foxes, giant salamanders, hedgehog, "koalas",[a] marmots, ostrich, otters,pangolins, peacocks, pheasants, pigs, porcupines, rabbit and rabbit organs, rats, sheep, shrimp, spotted deer, striped bass, turtles, venomous snakes, (including bungarus multicinctus) wolf pups, and more. The animals can be sourced from all over the world.
The consumption of wildlife is not a universally accepted practice in China. In a 2014 survey of several cities in China, 52.7% of respondents agreed with the statement that wildlife should not be consumed.
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