Pizza Hut, a company based in the United States, has partnered with a century-old Chinese restaurant to create a modern take on a classic dish called Snake on a Pizza.
For this unusual delicacy, Pizza Hut collaborated with Ser Wong Fun, a Central Hong Kong snake restaurant with a history that dates back to 1895. The new toppings include black mushrooms, Chinese dried ham, and shredded snake meat. Rather than the customary tomato base, this unconventional nine-inch pizza has an abalone sauce base. Sales, according to the restaurant, will continue till November 22.
In a statement to CNN, Pizza Hut Hong Kong pointed out that the snake meat’s flavour is enhanced when combined with mozzarella and chopped chicken. When paired with pizza, it defies the traditional notion of what it means to be healthy while also testing one’s palate.
For a long time, certain individuals in Hong Kong and the surrounding areas of southern China have enjoyed snake stew, particularly in the winter. A local Cantonese tradition states that the greatest time to eat a snake is “when the autumn wind begins to blow,” which refers to when the snakes have gained weight in anticipation of hibernating.
Snake flesh is said by many to have therapeutic benefits, such as enhancing skin conditions and increasing body temperature. In other countries of Southeast Asia, such as Vietnam and Thailand, where snakes are typically raised for food, there is also a rich culinary tradition centred around snakes.
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Though this particular dish has undoubtedly made waves, it wasn’t the only one that attracted a lot of attention. This company is also introducing a pizza with Chinese preserved sausages, which are served in a clay pot rice dish and are a beloved fall-time treat among Hong Kong residents.