Everyone has Beijing Fever this week it seems.
No, it’s not some new version of the Avian Flu, it’s the media frenzy leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics hosted by Beijing.
Along with all the stories about smog and Internet access in the host city, I ran across a story about unusual Chinese dining delicacies.
Garry Linnell, a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in Australia, spent an evening in a Beijing restaurant sampling four varieties of animal peni. Yep. You read that correctly; he ate multiple varieties of penis and went about describing his culinary adventure as fatty, chewy and bland.
Donkey, deer, sheep and oxen all gave up their lives and their male members to Linnell’s meal.
For his blog review of his meal and a link to the video of his repulsive repast, go here.
Into this boiling stock go the penises. A few minutes later the first is hanging from my quivering chopsticks. Ox penis, says the waitress, is full of protein, good for the skin and aids longevity. And the deeper its colour, the more effective its properties.
I think you’ll be glad I had trouble getting their video to embed.
To help erase this from your brainpan and to feel a bit better about Beijing, go look at all the lovely topiaries they’ve planted and sculpted to beautify the city for the Olympic games.