Call it a hearty meal or devil’s supper – slurping down the still-beating cobra heart with a glass full of cobra blood is a super-specialty culinary delight of Vietnam. Hell yes! That’s one of the most exotic dishes you can put your hands on to and trust us, the balut of Philippines is nowhere even close in competition. Let us learn 15 interesting beating cobra heart dish facts covering its preparation and reason for such brutal and devil act.
Interesting Beating Cobra Heart Dish Facts: 1-8
1. The first question that pops up is ‘why?’ Well, Vietnamese people consider that consuming a beating cobra heart enhances virility in males.
2. Having answered the ‘why’, it is time to pick up, ‘how?’ So, how is the doomed cobra prepped up? Cobra heart dishes are pretty popular in Vietnam and is readily available in many restaurants. Visitors get to select the cobra from the whole lot of captives.
3. It is always suggested not to go for the longer one but for the shorter and thicker one with a hell lot of attitude. Remember, it is all about virility!
4. Once the visitors seal the fates of the doomed cobras, a couple of waiters – who are experts in handling the venomous serpents – will arrive with quite a massive knife, a funnel, a couple of empty bottles and a bottle of rice wine.
5. Just a heads up, the rice wine is pretty potent and hence, accepting all that’s being offered is never a good idea.
6. Coming back to the preparation part, the doomed cobra is played with and then its neck is broken and the waiters pretty skillfully locate the heart and make an incision with the knife and drain out the blood in an empty bottle.
7. The heart is then cut off and is dropped in a small glass. The glass is then filled with a concoction of rice wine and the snake blood. Voila! Enjoy your drink! Slurp down the still-beating heart with the bloody concoction! EMBRACE the virility!
8. Hey wait! It’s not done yet! The game just started! The waiters move further down along the snake and cut open its body, pouring down a dull-green bile in another empty bottle. This bile gives out a very strong smell and is not meant to be wasted.