Editor's Note: I have looked forward to doing a few posts in a lighter vein, here's my chance. Excuse the Yuk-Factor!
Holding aloft a half-metre long horse penis, chief Xiao Shan confidently declares ''it is the most delicious'' of the ingredients in a Chinese hotpot of male animal genitalia, one of the many Asian remedies to boost the libido. ''The (horse) texture and the flavour are both very good. It is also good for one's health,'' says Xiao, who has been preparing male organs since he was 13, using skills handed down in his family for several generations.
Penises and testicles from donkey, goat, bull, deer and dog, the other contributors to this $US200 feast, are laid out on a kitchen table, like a sorry row of odd-sized sausages, and mixed vegetables, all waiting to be sliced up by his looming intimidating cleaver. It's enough to make a grown man wince! Sourced from some of Asia's wildest and most rugged terrains, the organs are chopped before being arranged on a bed of lettuce around an elaborate glass stand, more akin to something that might display fairy cakes or scones in a high-class cake shop.
Li Yanzhi, manager of the Chaoyang branch proudly says that the unique dishes at Guolizhuang, China's only penis speciality restaurant chain, are popular among business parties and government officials who are used to regularly bragging, ''Mine is bigger than yours.'' (whether it be their bank balances or their employment force). ''The vast majority of customers are male,'' she added, with many of them searching for increased potency and sexual prowess at the restaurant, which also serves organs from ram, yak, seal and snake -- which have two penises each.''
It seems Chinese people believe they can replenish different parts of their bodies by using the same ingredients, which, Li continues, ''means whatever you eat is nutritious for that part of the body. Eating penises and testicles can make a man stronger and enjoy a wonderful sex life. Potent in bed'' Of course, there is no orthodox scientific evidence for such claims, but across Asia there are various versions that come with similar boasts. (As long as your not looking for a cure for haemorrhoids!)
In Pakistan's business capital Lahore, Takatak -- a dish whose name is derived from the sound of the clanging of knives used to make it -- consists of chopped goat and sheep hearts, brains, kidneys and testes. ''Usually, men eat it so that they stay strong and virile,'' said Faher Hayat, a chef whose roadside restaurant serves the offal with onions, tomatoes, ginger, peppers and coriander.
On the side of traffic-clogged roads in Jakarta's old town, men looking to improve their sexual performance flock to stalls to drink snake blood. Customers pick out a snake, which go for 70,000 rupiah ($6) each, before a vendor carefully hauls out the selected serpent, hacks off the head with a meat cleaver and grips the snake's headless body vertically to allow the blood to drip in a teacup or glass. A spoonful of honey is added to sweeten the bitter mixture, seen not so much as a virility booster but also as a remedy for diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments.
At a Beijing penis restaurant, customer Wei Jungsheng, 47, is a devoted believer. ''It does work very well,'' says the construction businessman. ''After I took it, my hair stopped falling out, and now I feel very energetic the whole day. Before I needed to sleep at noon to not get tired, now I don't need to anymore. Every aspect of my life has become fantastic!'' (Except now he has an urge to eat mice!) The restaurant's nutritionist says that its most popular dish is deer, seen as particularly effective due to each breeding male having scores of sexual partners. ''One deer penis has the same potency as three bull penises,'' says Du Yuemei, who goes to each table to enlighten guests on the supposed health benefits of the dishes and regale them with tales of the animal's vigour in the wild.
|A Stag with his Harem|
The male members were elevated slowly, ritual-like, out of the pot. Both the donkey and horse penises were presented in bacon-like strips, but the flavour of the donkey was mild, while the intense, meaty horse was easily the most distinctive ingredient of the meal. In contrast, the testicles had a lighter texture, varying from somewhere between tofu and pate. When the deer penises appeared, it was slightly frayed and another rubbery offering, while the wild Russian dog has a spicy, almost zesty flavour, despite looking like slices of undercooked pig-skin. It was the only imported dish on the menu and the only animal to have a penis bone which was ceremonially presented in a red gift box to the host at the end of the meal for good fortune.
The Way I See It.....the oriental part of the world has developed some strange and often repugnant eating habits, especially in the male of the species, that continue to be based on the unproven idea that eating an animal's innards relates to the healing that person's ailing organ or glandular function.
Aside from a practical approach of eating insects, from spiders to scorpions, for their protein content, the killing of larger species for a ''libido hit'' is downright pathetic.
And now I've come across evidence that Chinese people are known to be eating babies and this news has been circulating through the internet and is shocking the world. An email report received by the Seoul Times confirmed that information with several vivid and appalling pictures of embryos and foetuses made into a soup for human consumption that I have seen. The report went on. A town in the southern province of Canton (Guangdong) is now the focus. It is revealed that the inhabitants are enjoying baby herbal soup to increase overall health and stamina and, of course, the power of sexual performance in particular. It seems the Chinese ''one-child'' policy is producing a lucrative market in aborted children. Sick Bastards !!!