The Washington Times - June 2, 2009, 06:08AM

Chinese health authorities are cracking down on restaurants that serve chickens that have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes and cooked up for a supposedly detoxiyfing meal, Reuters is reporting.

The dish, served by eateries in the southern province of Guangdong and the southwestern city of Chongqing, has generated a storm of controversy in the Chinese media and among bloggers, Reuters reports.


A video showing a cook holding a snake and forcing it to bite a live chicken until it dies has been widely circulated online, generating mostly angry comments.

Although “snake-bite” chicken is off the menu, “dog-mauled” chicken is still there and selling like hotcakes.

I’m guessing it’s the poison that makes the dish a detoxifying meal. So maybe if you eat regular chicken and let the snake bite you, you’ll get the same effect.