Feng Mao review
Ok, I read the article in LA TIMES and knew I loved lamb enough to give this place a try. I speak some mandarin, and I invited a friend who spoke Korean so I figured between the two of us, we'd have no problem communicating what we wanted.
We arrived for lunch at 12:30...and were the only ones there for the next three hours.
We ordered a full order of lamb, gizzards, king oyster mushrooms, and yes, we had to try the Bull Penis.
The lamb: I was surprised at how small the cubes of lamb were. Plenty of skewers, but it was just the size of each piece was about the size of a dime. So this meant the pieces cooked quickly and really had to be monitored. It was delicious, well spiced, and did not need any extra seasoning which they give you in an extra bowl.
Mushrooms: I love mushrooms, any kind, any way. it was particularly delicious and juicy to skewer them over a little wood charcoal fire. Definitely recommend.
Gizzards: crunchy, perfectly delicious.
Bull Penis: Ok, this is what I totally didn't expect....it was, well, TINY. One skewer had 5 tiny little, yellow translucent discs about the size and thickness of a nickel. Didn't expect that. It burned quickly so make sure you keep an eye on it. It was extremely crunchy, pure cartilage, and had no flavor at all.
We also ordered a spicy noodle soup that wasn't anything special. The banchan - the pickled side dishes were tasty but not memorable.
My favorite part of the whole meal was that each table had a basket of shallots and giant cloves of garlic. My suggestion is to skewer and roast those puppies ASAP at the top of the meal since they take awhile to cook. The garlic was perfectly sweet and nutty and creamy and tasted delicious with everything. The shallots were also so sweet and tasty, really simple and delish.
I definitely reccomend this place - Enjoy!