These beauties are Ningxia sheep, one of the most valuable livestock breeds in China.
Their wool is used for export. Their meat is made into delicious dishes.
Even the parts that are considerably harder to cook.
Baozi is an expert at grilling all kinds of lamb cuts.
All he needs is cumin, chilli powder, and salt.
You’ve probably had grilled lamb chops before.
Ever heard of grilled lamb hooves?
Actual, honest-to-god, hooves.
After seeing lamb hooves, it’s not so hard to also accept grilled lamb ribs.
Each hoof has be to cut open to get rid of the tuft of small white hair between the soles.
As for the ribs, you have to skewer them without damaging the meat, and without running into the bones.
Hooves are simmered in this 20-year-old master stock for over 4 hours.
Add minced garlic and vinegar, and the hooves are ready to be served.
But foodie experts know the grilled hooves taste way better.
The hoof is trapped in an iron prison, constantly turned over dancing flames.
The result is a chunk of mouth-watering, melts-in-your-mouth barbecued mutton.
You eat it with your hands and tear meat off the bone with your bare teeth like a caveman. It may not be the best dish to order if you’re on a date.
Ribs are smaller in size, but no less challenging to grill.
Bite into the ribs and imagine it represents your worst enemy. Feeling the meat detach from the bone is strangely cathartic.
The barbecue stand is crowded until well past midnight.
Jinzhou, Liaoning Province
Underneath this tough exterior is the source of another delicacy.
Caught from the waters in Panjin, Liaoning.
The crabs undergo a high-temperature bath in a master stock packed with various spices, whose flavours permeate the crab meat.
Wuge, the master griller, multitasks as he handles dozens of skewers at the same time.
The crabs, with their shells intact, are grilled in these iron cages.
Crack open the shells. Suck on the melted crab roe and tender crab meat.
The alluring pink toenailed claw belongs to a chicken.
Carefully selected by Wuge from the market.
They have their own special master stock.
Unlike chicken feet served elsewhere, Wuge’s grilled chicken feet include the knee part.
To be continued . . .
Word of advice: While consuming barbecue containing bones, it’s important to hide it from your dogs, otherwise they get mad at you for not sharing and this is what happens to your favourite dinner table: