Go-to Chinese food expert Fuchsia Dunlop reported in the New York Times today on how dog meat will be taken off Beijing menus at the government's insistence, so as not to offend Western sensibilities. She points out that it was hardly a necessary step, as dog is largely a seasonal thing—it's one of the hottest of "hot" meats, according to Chinese folk dietetics and is "best eaten in midwinter, when you need warmth and vital energy."
Furthermore, she says that Chinese attitudes toward the dish are changing as more people there are keeping dogs as pets.
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