Warning: This story is not for those who have sensitive stomachs or who gross-out easily!
Everyone’s culinary desires are different; some people are adventurous and will try anything, whereas others (like me) would rather live on ham and cheese sandwiches for eternity rather than try anything unusual or exotic.
Guolizhuang Restaurant in Beijing is one of those places where you would not catch me unless I was made to go by a swat team or a police convoy. I’m sorry, but the idea of eating at a restaurant which specializes in serving a range of animal genitalia, frankly just makes me feel a little pukey!
Not everyone feels the same way about dining on sheep’s testicles or yak penis though, because the restaurant, which opened in 2006, is a popular one and there are several franchises in China and even one in Atlanta’s Chinatown.
Apparently the Guolizhuang Restaurant is the brainchild of a man, known simply as Mr. Guo who left China in 1949, moved to Taiwan and later lived in Atlanta, Georgia where he studied Chinese medicine and began experimenting with animal genitalia. So it’s all his fault.
The Chinese believe that ingesting animal penis’ can do wonders for male potency and that it is also good for women’s complexions, eating animal genitalia is thought to be a treatment for a number of different ailments too.
Women are instructed not to eat animal testicles though, because it is thought that the hormones they contain could make them grow beards and give them deep voices, but they can eat as much penis as they like, because this is not supposed to have this kind of effect. Phew…
Children under the age of 15 are forbidden from eating at the Guolizhuang Restaurant just in case the hormones in the dishes interfere with their natural growth. That for me would be one of the biggest indicators for no one to eat there at all, but then I couldn’t think of anything worse than eating animal appendages and am actually struggling to write this article without bringing up my breakfast!
The various penis and testicle dishes on the menu at Guolizhuang are given pretty names, things like “The Essence of the Golden Buddha” or “Phoenix Rising”, possibly because calling them things like “Sheep Gonads” or “Donkey Cock”, might not be so attractive to customers.
The genitalia is sometimes served sliced on beds of curry or rice or in soups, however you can also get them whole and there is also the option to eat some of the dishes raw (right that’s it, I have heard enough).
Because the menu is pretty damn random, part of the waiters’ job description includes explaining the supposed properties of each dish to the customers. The menu has a wide range of animal genitalia, one of the most expensive being yak penis which costs more than $220 a pop. Special customers can get really rare penises though, like a tigers’ penis, which costs $1,500 and must be ordered several months in advance. If you want to get hands on stripy tiger dick though, you have to fill out an application for to become a member of the restaurant! Errrm, isn’t the tiger an endangered species? WTF?
People who want to eat animal genitalia but don’t want their friends and family to find out, will be pleased to know that the restaurant is laid out in private rooms and booths. So you can gobble away at penis and testicles on toast without the rest of the town thinking you are a complete weirdo! Apparently this is one of the reasons why the restaurants regular clientele is made up of government officials and politicians…sounds about right to me!
Guolizhuang – Beijing’ Famous Penis Restaurant (Via Oddity Central)