Let’s eat go at meat!
Local towns cook up ‘hot’ food during hot summer days
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, goat meat, like beef and lamb, is considered a “hot” food and thus to be avoided or taken in smaller quantities on hot sweltering days of summer.
But for hundreds of years, the people of Zhuanghang town in Fengxian district have been eating goat meat during the summer. They eat locally produced goat meat as they sip homemade shaojiu (a Chinese rice spirit) or huangjiu (yellow rice wine).
This hearty mix of alcohol and goat meat promotes sweating, which some traditional medicine practitioners believe helps the body expel toxins and prevent illnesses in the forthcoming winter. Goat meat is also believed to be an excellent way of building up “energy” in the body that will last through the winter season.
Li Yingchun, boss of a local goat meat restaurant in Zhuanghang, claims that his restaurant receives 8,000 to 10,000 customers on average every weekday. The number can reach as high as 12,000 on weekends, according to a Laodao Daily report in 2017.
Zhangze town in Songjiang district, Qibao town of Minhang district, Zhenru town in Putuo district and Zhoupu town in Pudong New Area are also famous for their summer goat meat-eating customs.
A customer eats noodles with goat meat at a restaurant in Zhenru town, Putuo district.
Clockwise from below: Customers queue up at 6 am to buy goat meat breakfast. Every part of goat can be made into a dish. A boy poses with goat models at a promotional event this summer. Customers dine at a goat meat restaurant in Tinglin town of Jinshan district. Customers enjoy goat meat breakfast.