After I tried Googling for ‘terrapin’, now I do wonder if I had eaten some protected animal. I can’t seem to find much info about terrapins and all those sites I found are pertaining to Terrapin Conservation Programmes. Gosh! I better don’t reveal where I ate these or else the poor old lady and old man may be dragged by the authorities to answer for it.
Hehehe, I am pretty sure these terrapins are reared for food because the old couple had been selling these yummy, healthy, tasty terrapin soups for more than 15 years.
I am putting lots of pics today because it is hard for me to explain what terrapin soup looks like.
I hope everyone is familiar with what terrapin is? It is from the river, exactly like a tortoise or turtle. However, the terrapin probably has more flesh and jelly-like skin.
That’s what make the terrapin so tasty. It has these slices of rubbery and jelly-like pieces plus some meat. The meat looks a little like beef.
The old couple stall is the only one I can find that sell this terrapin soup and the beef soup (ngau lam). The soup is cooked with minimal herbs and feel ‘smooth’ in taste.
Besides terrapin and beef soup, the old couple also sells wantan mee. The coffee shop is nameless and located at the junction of King Street and China Street. Directly opposite the Da Ma Cai shop. China Stree is the road right across Guan Yin Temple in Pitt Street.
I don’t know why terrapins aren’t reared for food. They taste really nice. But then, they also look very cute when alive. 🙂
I think terrapins, paddy frogs, rabbits and snakes are the most exotic foods I had tasted before. Hmmm…I wonder if I dare to stomach cats and dogs? ‘Cos my mom did tell me that cats are mighty good for the body. My grandparents ate cats, yes they do!