Donkeys – the New Goat or Ancient History?

Did the sandwich originate in China? Will we ever know? My bets are on yes to both.

Would I eat a donkey burger? I do not know. Donkey lard, well, bleh, but I am not ashamed to eat pig. Does that make me a hypocrite? Yes. Were I in China, I would most likely do as I try my best to do, eat what is served.

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Two towns, Baoding and Hejian, claim to be the home of the donkey burger, but they differ mainly in the shape of the bun: a light griddle-toasted flatbread that gets its flaky texture from donkey lard. Baoding’s are round, while Hejian’s are rectangular, but the middle of both is all donkey (and maybe a diced green pepper). The donkey tastes like corned beef. The popularity of the sandwich might explain the local idiom in Hebei Province: “In heaven there is dragon meat, on earth there is donkey meat.”

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