Episode 006: Blah Blah Blood Coffee

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In today’s episode of Smörgåsbord, Angel and Mik talk about blood. Edible blood. Inspired by a trip to a Filipino restaurant, in search of the blood dish dinuguan, our hosts decide to look more into blood in food all around the world. They explore whether drinking blood is healthy for you and all the kinds of blood food you can eat from different countries. Also, Angel finally tries rice for the first time ever!

00:00 Opening Song

00:43 Show introduction

02:30 Mik discovers a new job

03:13 Real human vampires?!

13:44 Different foods with blood around the world

21:40 Taiwanese Blood Popsicles

26:45 Filipino Dinuguan

31:12 Blood Pancakes

34:33 Yak Blood in Nepal

38:11 Blood food in mythologies

44:44 Is blood good?

49:03 What’s in your palette?

Resources from today’s episode:

What Is Coffee – Coffee Facts, Statistics And Effects Of Coffee On Health” by Dorian Bodnariuc

16 Weird Ways People Eat Blood Around the World” by Laura Allan 

Is It Safe to Drink Blood?” by Benjamin Radford

Is it really bad to drink blood?” by Particle

Interview with a real-life vampire: why drinking blood isn't like in Hollywood” by Kim Wall

The Biblical Ban on Eating Animal Blood, Explained” by Ariel Seri-Levi

Dine Like a Vampire With These Blood-Based Culinary Delights” by Carl Pettit

Raw Pig Blood Consumption and Potential Risk for Streptococcus suis Infection, Vietnam” by Vu Thi Lan Huong, Ngo Thi Hoa, Peter W. Horby, Juliet E. Bryant, Nguyen Van Kinh, Tran Khanh Toan, and Heiman F.L. Wertheim

Is Animal Blood a Safe Ingredient?” by Liz Splitter

Drinking Blood: Why Do People Do It, and Is It Safe?” by Annamarya Scaccia

Why Chefs Are (Finally) Cooking With Blood” by Rochelle Bilow

You Should Be Cooking with Blood” by Ben Reade

Fritada: Pork, Beef or Venison Blood Stew” by Guampedia

Dinuguan Origins and Regional Variations across the Philippines” by Ninah Villa

Dinuguan” by Revolvy

Is Dinuguan the Second Favorite Pinoy Dish Next to Adobo?” by Ida Damo

Street Food in Taiwan: Pig's Blood Cake” by The Culinary Ambassador Corps

Night Market Snacks: Pig’s Blood Cake & Pork Gelatinous Dumplings(BaWan)” by Devouring Asia

Pig's Blood Cake” by mjespuvia

Taiwan's pig blood cake can heal lungs from smog damage: expert” by Sophia Yang

Blood Pancakes Are The Most Metal of All Flapjacks” by Eric Grundhauser

Scandinavians use blood to make dense, dark and savory Pancakes” by Leo S

The Truth About Nepal's Blood-Drinking Festivals” by Maria Godoy

Nepal celebrates Hindu festival with animal sacrifices, goddess worship” by EFE

Did Nepal temple ban animal sacrifices at Gadhimai festival?” by Anna Jones, Surendra Phuyal and Geeta Pandey

Meet some of the child goddesses of Nepal” by Kenneth Dickerman


About the show

Welcome to Smörgåsbord! A show where we explore the rituals, myths and all things strange about the world of food. Join the neverending silliness of hosts Angel and Mik as they discover strange rituals like bread and wine turning to the body and blood of a God, or holding carp as pets in bathtubs during Christmas.


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