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Things I learned yesterday: grilled bull penis is not delicious

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No seriously, I was at Feng Mao with a buddy and bull penis was prominently displayed halfway down the menu. I would not normally order it but said buddy was feeling adventurous and ordered 2 skewers.

great.

so we tried it 2 ways, the first way grilled slightly, the second way grilled crunchy.

Well let's put it this way, I managed to get through the first piece (grilled slightly) by chewing thru 3/4 of it and washing it down with beer. I tried to do the same thing with the second...but ended up chewing for > 30 seconds and ended up spitting the damn thing out.

Are we doing it wrong, is this an acquired taste, or do they just put it on the menu for the lulz?

 
 
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    1. What were the flavours like? Was it purely a textural thing? I've never tried it but would. Prairie oysters which are sort of similar can be very good.

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      1. re: chefathome

        See my reply to slience9 below.

        1. re: ns1

          Ah...interesting. But what flavours did they use? Did the flavour help with the texture at all?

          1. re: chefathome

            Whatever they marinated it with and the usual cumin spice blend at the table. no amount of shallots and garlic would have helped.

        2. re: chefathome

          Prairie oysters (in some areas they're called mountain oysters) are indeed delicious.

        3. Interesting. I would've thought the 'grilled crunchy' version might be more palatable, in the way that most crunchy things crackle with char... But the vivisected slices shown in the photos are too evocative to the male imagination, with a 'ram-rod' skewering the whole affair.

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          1. re: silence9

            I also expected "grilled crunchy", ie like yakitori cartilage. The initial bite is like that...except without the snap. It becomes chewy...like a cross between gristle and cartilage.

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