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Things I learned yesterday: grilled bull penis is not delicious

ns1 Aug 15, 2012 09:36 AM

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.


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. chefathome RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 10:02 AM

    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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      ns1 RE: chefathome Aug 15, 2012 11:55 AM

      See my reply to slience9 below.

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        chefathome RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 12:01 PM

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

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          ns1 RE: chefathome Aug 15, 2012 12:02 PM

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

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            chefathome RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 12:24 PM

            I imagine not.

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        mucho gordo RE: chefathome Aug 16, 2012 08:35 AM

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

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        silence9 RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 10:08 AM

        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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          ns1 RE: silence9 Aug 15, 2012 11:56 AM

          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.

        2. sunshine842 RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 12:12 PM

          The fact that they dry bull's penises (like rawhide) and sell them as durable dog chews (along with hooves and ears and snouts) is enough to convince me they're not all that great....

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            Tom34 RE: sunshine842 Aug 15, 2012 12:35 PM

            Not on my list of things to try any time soon.

          2. SWISSAIRE RE: KSlink Aug 15, 2012 04:02 PM

            Thank you for this late night post.

            So, the experience was like crunchy dog chews. Sounds really .............. awful.

            Although this never was on any of my lists, your description is appreciated. If anyone ever offers me any, I'll jump up on the table, dash out the door, and run away as fast as possible.

            1. TonyC RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 03:54 PM

              It's for the lulz cuz the Koreans did it wrong.

              Go to a reputable Jamaican/Island joint somewhere in South LA, ask for cow cod on the weekends. It'll be a rather tasty bowl of spicy, herbal, and rummy beef soup with some dumplings.

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                SWISSAIRE RE: TonyC Aug 15, 2012 04:43 PM

                That sounds like a good dish in the Winter, Tony.

                I'll try it when I'm in Los Angeles again. Do you have any restaurant names you can suggest ?

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                  TonyC RE: SWISSAIRE Aug 15, 2012 05:16 PM

                  Or a good dish before you try to impregnate someone.

                  People's Choice Jamaican Restaurant
                  3750 W Slauson Ave
                  Los Angeles, CA 90043

                  Give them a call first. It is mostly a weekend thing. Surely it can be found in Chicago and Queens, NY as well?

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                wyogal RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 04:24 PM

                No kidding.

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                  seamunky RE: ns1 Aug 15, 2012 04:45 PM

                  It should be stewed or braised until tender. Try it in your pho.

                  1. Mr Taster RE: ns1 Aug 16, 2012 09:41 AM

                    When I revealed Feng Mao to the Chowhound community in 2008, the menu said "goat penis".


                    I wonder when they made the transition, and for what reason? Cost per pound?

                    Clearly, I don't go to Feng Mao nearly as often as I should.

                    Mr Taster

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                      ns1 RE: Mr Taster Aug 16, 2012 09:57 AM

                      This was my first time at the new feng mao.

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                        kevin RE: ns1 Aug 16, 2012 10:24 AM

                        ns1, how was everything else at feng mao ???

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                          ns1 RE: kevin Aug 16, 2012 10:38 AM

                          good, yet somehow not as good as I remember. i'll stick to mutton when i go here.

                          probably went with the wrong group, not nearly enough alcohol consumed.

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                      foodiemahoodie RE: ns1 Aug 16, 2012 02:40 PM

                      Gotta say grilled bull penis doesn't sounds like a lip-smacker.

                      I do understand the "let's order something really weird" sentiment. I'd do in the old Matsuhisa days (barracuda - which they never, ever had, marinated jellyfish - which wasn't bad.). You never what weird thing might turn out to be something great. I would not have thought sea urchin would be one of my favorite things. And yet if it show up in a dish on a 10 course tasting menu - I get all excited.

                      If I were you I'd be happy I didn't like bull penis. That might be a weird fav to explain.

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                        kevin RE: foodiemahoodie Aug 16, 2012 02:52 PM

                        i also like uni, but not always, poor quality uni is VERY VERY VERY bad and tastes terrible and is pretty disgusting.

                        on the other hand, exceptional uni is the pure essence of the sea.

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                          ns1 RE: kevin Aug 16, 2012 03:15 PM

                          seriously poor quality uni is one of the worst tasting things on earth.

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                            sunshine842 RE: ns1 Aug 17, 2012 01:04 AM

                            To a point I don't even bother ordering it any more.

                            I've had it fresh (as in I opened the urchins myself) - WAYY too much work!

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                              Servorg RE: sunshine842 Aug 17, 2012 03:07 AM

                              I always found opening up urchin to be relatively easy (easier than shucking oysters for instance). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbwrI...

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                                sunshine842 RE: Servorg Aug 17, 2012 03:30 AM

                                and I'm the other way -- I can whip through a dozen oysters in no time...trying to avoid getting stuck by a spine is much more difficult imo

                                (and I've opened both -- the short-spined ones like the video, and the big black ones with long spines)

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                                ns1 RE: sunshine842 Aug 17, 2012 09:30 AM

                                otafuku in gardena has an awesome uni dish that is cheap. it's like a tray of uni for $15 or something.

                        2. applgrl RE: ns1 Aug 17, 2012 04:39 AM

                          My dog thinks they're divine. :-)

                          Hefty pat on the back for being willing to try them...you took one for the team!

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