Pigs bladder and whisky

6 Sep

We’ve been staying in the jungle just outside of Chiang Rai for the last few nights. After almost getting lost in the dark we returned back to where we were staying, to find out that earlier in the day the people who own the guest house we were staying in had slaughtered a pig.

One of the other guests had said, “They killed it right in front of everyone cutting through all the bones with a machete.” The meat would then be shared with everyone in the surrounding village/ tribe, and none of it would be wasted.

After we’d eaten dinner that night one of the local Chiang Rai jungle trekking guides offered us some home-made corn whisky from a plastic Coca Cola bottle. As we sat down at one of the nearby tables to accept the offer, I noticed some sort of bruise coloured, bloody animal part lying on a tray next to the whisky.

Apparently it’s traditional in northern Thailand to eat all parts of a pig once it has been killed. There is also an ancient Thai ritual which involves mixing the raw contents of a pig’s bladder with whisky, and drinking it before bed to cleanse the body for the morning. It’s also supposed to be a good remedy for back pain.

The Portuguese guy sat opposite us had already tried some of the concoction and said, “You can still smell the remnants of it from the empty glass.” It smelt a bit like strongly smelling feet.

The trekking guide added, “When you drink this, it makes you a real man.” I asked him how to make some which involved squeezing the bladder over a glass until fluorescent yellow liquid spurted out. About 2-3 teaspoons is enough for one dose. The mixture is then topped up with whisky and downed.

Having no interest in becoming a man, I cautiously tried a tiny sip out of curiosity. It was probably one of the most disgusting, bitter and horribly smelling drinks I’ve ever tasted!

After I’d finished, the Portuguese guy and the trekking guide halved the left over mixture, clinked glasses and polished off the lot between them. I dread to think what the after taste of a whole shot would be like. From now on, I think I’ll just stick to plain whisky.

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4 Responses to “Pigs bladder and whisky”

  1. omid September 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    by reading your blog I never ever going to East Asia , These guy leaving like …. .
    We missed u in SOS ,
    everything changed since u left
    ur friend started working as copy writer.
    Suliman, Daniel and zahid already left .
    Enjoy ur trip and stay away from this animals in Thai

    • clarehudson September 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      Hopefully the new boss is nice and work is ok. Tell everyone I said hi 🙂

  2. Jane Eve September 9, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I suppose Dom didn’t even have a sip…sounds revolting!!!

    • clarehudson September 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

      No and probably for the best- I thought afterwards that I’d catch some horrible disease. Luckily didn’t get ill though 🙂

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