Courtesy of Messrs. Wong, Kim, Idibia, and Farmer, the long awaited New Belgrade opening of "Psi" shall be feted this evening. On the menu: Boshintang, or Korean Dog Meat Stew, or Guyoukgeng Minnan, otherwise known as "fragrant meat" of Taiwanese dogs. We await your pleasure, tails wagging.
New Belgrade is soon to join the list, including China, Korea, Nigeria, Indonesia, Japan, Poland, Germany, France, Tahiti, Switzerland, Ghana, Siberia, Alaska, Greenland, and many more countries across the globe who either openly and notoriously or clandestinely consume dog meat.
It tastes like chicken, they say.
In Albania they say, it tastes like hedgehog.
The idea for this new restaurant was born only recently. In these interview excerpts from Mr. Wong and Mr. Farmer, we see a little of the driving force behind it.
WONG: My native Northern Jiangsu is well-known in China for its dog-meat stew flavoured with soft-shelled turtle. Here there are plentiful dogs, running wild around New Belgrade. No one takes care of them. We should eat them.
FARMER: Up all night barking...scratching my car....
WONG: Many people say dog meat has natural preventative and curative properties. We will post our recipes in homeopathic pharmacies as well.
FARMER: Terrorizing children... chasing people up the street...
When asked for more detail on his comments, Mr. Farmer was seen to compose himself a little more: "No one is in charge of these dogs. By my flat alone there are twenty. They seem bent on killing each other as well. B92 has set up a fund to protect them - the Mila fund thing - but no one has set up a fund to protect us from the unnatural wild life of New Belgrade.
"If anyone laid a hand to them, they would be jailed immediately. We cannot count on the City to rid the neighborhoods of these wild dogs. We do not seem to have any kind animal shelter in working order. There is but one choice: Eat them.
"The menu at Psi will be set according to Grievance (this is a novelty I believe among restaurants). General annoyance will be cheap. But to get a chance to eat the dogs who scratched the paint off my Alfa Romeo incurring EUR 400 worth of damages, this will be premium priced cuisine. I suggest the Vietnamese Cho Xao Sa Ot. It is fried dog in lemon grass and chili. Very spicy indeed."
As a closing note, Messrs. Wong, Kim, Idibia, and Farmer would like to state that they have no plans of carving up family pets or beloved animals. But the ones left to be abandoned in the streets of New Belgrade, downgrading neighborhoods to third-world status, they will be served in abundance.
Before the restaurant opens its doors, it proprietors are waiting for a better solution to be proposed for these wild dogs. Write in care of Mila, B92.