29 Feb '16, 12pm

Frog farm reinvents Chinese elixir for modern times

According to Han Bing, who works with the Beijing-based Hope Institute of Chinese Medicine , hashima is rarely used in clinical treatment, partly because it's so hard to source. As a result, it's also considered a luxury product reserved for the rich. Raising frogs At the Jurong Frog Farm, thousands of American bullfrogs cluster in shallow water in concrete pens. They're sorted not by age but by size. As soon as they reach one kilogram they're transferred to a fridge so they start to hibernate before they are slaughtered. The meat is then packaged and shipped to local restaurants and supermarkets. At the same time, the hashima is extracted and either dried or processed to be sold as bottled "Premium Hashima with American Ginseng." American bullfrogs are favored because of their size and the texture of the meat. However in Singapore's hot and humid climate they're difficult...

Full article: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/26/asia/singapore-hashima-...

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