The Pusao, Siopao with Cat Meat (Karne ng Pusa))

I refrained from eating siopao before. Why? There was a rumor that siopao filling was made of cat meat. We all know that cats are raised as pets, not for its meat. Cat meat is not common in trade so eating such is a yuck! Besides eating such is not unethical. Imagine eating your pet!

Now, siopao is one of my favorite buy. I never believed that its filling is made of cat meat. Who could resist the yummy taste of popular asado and bola bola.

Is the rumor about pusa siopao true?

I asked my favorite siopao store about the rumor. They said the issue is vague. According to them, it came from Chinese people – the pioneer siopao maker.

My better half said: It might be true. There was a television news. A group of people are catching wild cats. Those cats are being sold to siopao maker. Hmmm…..

I also searched about it on web. Never found a clear answer. Do you know about this? Please tell me!

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

One Reply to “The Pusao, Siopao with Cat Meat (Karne ng Pusa))”

  1. On the contrary, all animals are sources of meat. Eating cat meat (or dog meat) is considered taboo by most people because they are used to keeping these domesticated animals as pets and/or guardians.

    But that’s the same as, for example, having a goat for a pet. You wouldn’t want to eat goats because you have one as a pet, and condemn people who actually eat goat meat.

    If one were to venture into mainland China and go to a random market on the outskirts of town, you’ll see vendors selling all kinds of animals for their meat. Ranging from the supposedly acceptable livestock meat (beef, pork, goat, lamb, etc.) and fowl (chicken, duck, goose, etc.) to the more exotic such as snakes, owls, rabbits, dogs, cats crocodiles, lizards, etc.

    And it is not only in China where people eat “unacceptable” meat. Around the world, people eat things deemed socially dreadful. Why, even in our own country, people eat weird things like crickets or snakes or cockroaches! It is not the animal where the meat comes from is important, but how well the meat nourishes our body and keeps us from experiencing hunger for that day.

    In a sense, Siopao can be made from different kinds of meat. Being a chef in a prestigious Chinese-Filipino restaurant, I can attest that Asado and Bola-Bola siopao are made from Beef and Pork, respectively.

    HOWEVER. If you persist on buying Siopao from street vendors whose stall hygiene and sanitation are questionable, it is not the cat meat that you should be worried about, but by how clean the food you are eating. Why worry about what kind of meat your dish is made of, when it is teeming with all kinds of harmful bacteria that could cost you more than your P55 Jumbo Bola Bola siopao?

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