I WASN’T horsing round this week once I ate a donkey burger at a modest Sydney Chinese restaurant.
At first look there’s nothing memorable concerning the Huoshao King at Manly Vale on the town’s northern seashores they are saying it’s the solely place in Australia to serve donkey meat.
Their dish, referred to as Donkey Huoshao (rrp $6.80), is a burger consisting of donkey meat served in a Chinese pancake type bun.
And earlier than making an ass of your self by turning up your nostril, it must be identified that it’s a conventional Chinese dish.
Prior to getting into the Huoshao King I had by no means sampled donkey meat earlier than — not that I used to be conscious of anyway. And my solely earlier encounter with a donkey was at a bar in Tijuana, however that may be a story for an additional time.
Restaurant supervisor Yanyan Xiao stated because the dish was added to the menu on Monday they’ve been promoting 30 burgers a day, the bulk to Chinese clients and some to inquisitive locals.
While I used to be there one other buyer made a 40 minute journey to get a donkey burger and took one other 5 away with him.
“Donkey is really very popular in northern China and we come from northern China. It is street food people really like,” Xiao defined.
“No one open this enterprise in Australia so we need to do this.
“So many individuals know some individuals who need to eat (donkey) and reside in Australia so we expect there’s a large market right here.”
The restaurant sources their meat from the Northern Territory the place there’s a large inhabitants of donkey that are having a serious influence on the setting.
There is an enormous market in exporting donkeys to China the place there’s a saying: “In Heaven there is Dragon meat, on Earth there is donkey meat.”
And Xiao stated: “I am really curious why people don’t eat donkey meat before.”
The meat is cooked in a single day in a secret mix of herbs to tenderise the stomach and legs that are used within the burger that’s positioned within the pancake.
And now it’s time to critique the dish and give it a score out of 10.
“It was a very brave decision to present a meat like donkey on the northern beaches,” I advised the Huoshao employees as they stood anxiously with their arms behind their backs.
“But I-haw I-haw I-haw love a problem.
“And guys, I’ve to say you nailed it.
“The meat was properly-seasoned and tender and a bit like beef with a barely gamey flavour.
“This was an opportunity to eat genuine Chinese fare — I used to be shocked to study honey king prawns isn’t a staple on the menu round nation
“It’s not a meal I might eat each week, however I might eat it once more.
“The rating I’m supplying you with … is an eight,” I stated because the delighted employees excitedly jumped up and down.