Photos: A ‘plastic surgery’ that turns duck into goose

March 23, 2012Jing Gao6 Comments, , , , ,

From NetEase

In Guangdong, because a domesticate goose costs twice as much as a duck, restaurants that serve roast geese usually pass ducks off as geese. After their feathers are plucked and their feet are choped off, the two birds look quite the same, except that a Chinese domestic goose may be readily distinguished from a duck by the large knob at the base of the bill. Some unscrupulous businesses would emplace implants into a duck’s head to create the knob, and even press the relatively slim rear end of a duck against the iron plate to make it as wide as that of a goose.

According to a chef who divulged the secret to the reporter, not all ducks are ideal substitutes for geese. Only white ducks that are fat and big can be chosen. Making a fake knob is the key. The ‘implant’ is usually duck’s or chicken’s heart, or even cartilage off duck’s bone. This chef picked a duck’s heart and used a knife to carve the heart to the size of a knob before he started the emplacement.


The chef makes the first incision from the duck’s throat. Then he slowly inserts the ‘implant’ through the incision and pushes it to the top of the duck’s head. He adjusts the implant until it is in place and looks perfect from the outside.


After the ‘surgery’, the duck also has a knob and looks almost identical to a goose.


Unlike geese, which have fat rear end, a duck’s is slim. Counterfeiters usually press the rear end against a hot iron plat to make it flat.


A duck after the surgery.


A roast goose (left) and a roast duck (right). Can you tell any difference?

Selected comments from NetEase

芙小小 [网易云南省昆明市网友]:2012-03-22 10:09:44 发表
It is not even possible for a duck to remain real and true after it dies. What kind of era is that? People’s hearts are rotten!

网易青海省西宁市网友 [wangning4500] 的原贴:

On a day in 2013, it is very hot. But you can’t see the sun.
Whatever. I haven’t seen the sun for a long time anyways.
I drive my car to the nearest gas station to gas up. I’ve learned that gas there is cheaper.
There aren’t many cars at the gas station. Now you don’t have to line to gas up. It feels so great.
The worker there asks, “How much gas do you want?”
“About 1,000 yuan (US$150) of gas,” I say without taking a glimpse at the gas pump.
“With this little gas, how far can you possibly go? Why don’t you fill it up?” The worker says scornfully.
“No. I would rather spent that much money on a kilo of leafy greens.”
I stare at the sky and can’t figure out what color it is.
“Okay, it is ready to go. Do you want an official invoice?”
“No invoice is needed. Thanks!”
The worker is stunned, “Oh, my god. You are awesome! A private car owner has the nerve to gas up?”
I crack a smile. I do feel proud at that moment.
I drive the car away with much contentment, because I know, this little gas is enough to get my car to the dealership.
The price of gas has risen. The price of apple has risen. The price of egg has risen. The price of radish has risen. The price of instant noodles has risen…
But I am gonna tough it out, because the price of grave plot has risen too.
It is 2 o’clock in the afternoon. The weather is still hot. And I still can’t see the sun.
Holding a small wad of banknotes in my hand, I walk out of the dealership.
I think to myself, “It’s been a long while since kids last ate any meat. It is time to satisfy their cravings.”
I look at my watch. It is already 2 p.m.
“It’s quite late. I have to get home with a kilo of meat before 7 p.m.”
I quicken my steps. Suddenly, I find to my joy that the air hasn’t got a markup, and in fact, it contains way more ingredients than before.

网易广东省深圳市南山区网友 [lzbdhtd] 的原贴:
(In reply to the previous comment) So talented. Publish it as a mini-novel. It must be an award-winning piece.

网易广东省深圳市网友 [哪个名能用] 的原贴:
(In reply to the previous comment) It would be banned.

风吹裙起毛风扬 [网易北京市网友]:2012-03-22 10:12:29 发表
Is there anything real in this country?!

网易广东省深圳市网友 ip:121.35.*.*2012-03-22 10:38:04 发表
Without a pension system or a social safety net, and with state monopolies everywhere, doing business is just a way of survival. Speculation and cutting corners is not only necessary, but driven by the human nature. You can’t judge street vendors’ deeds.

天使恋魔 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:2012-03-23 10:37:32 发表
Not surprising. Diploma can be faked. Identity can be faked. A virgin can be faked. Is passing off chickens as geese a big deal? 果然,学历可以造假,身份证可以造假,处女也可以伪装嘛,更何况是鸡充鹅呢?

网易美国网友 [wjk8399] 的原贴:
Duck’s neck is not as long as that of goose.

网易云南省大理州网友 ip:116.53.*.*2012-03-23 09:19:31 发表

It is too costly to abide by the law and too easy and cheap to break the law.

The masses regard food as their heaven, but here, there is no Heaven.
The masses depends on doctors for assurance, but here, assurance is a luxury.

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  2. Guy In China | March 23, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    One of many stories like this. It’s most unfortunate, but I miss the big business and government regulations of the west.

  3. Airata | April 9, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    One of these days Chinamen are going to turn dogs drop as sausages because they look like hot dogs

  4. Cleo | May 25, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    so even demanding the head be left on isn’t enough! OMG

  5. samantha | July 11, 2012 | Permalink Reply

    i hate this ur so tite who ever did this it was a duck an thats that leave them be ur absolutely tite

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