Holding aloft a half-meter long horse penis, chef Xiao Shan confidently declares it “the most delicious” of the ingredients in a Chinese hotpot of male genitalia, one of many supposed Asian remedies to boost the libido.
Penises and testicles from donkey, goat, dog, bull and deer, the other contributors to the $200 feast, are laid out on a kitchen table, like a sorry-looking row of odd-sized sausages and veiny, oval vegetables, all waiting to be sliced up by his looming, intimidating cleaver.
It’s part of Chinese traditions that whatever animal part you eat is nutritious for that part of your body. Consequently, eating penises and testicles “can make a man stronger and enjoy a wonderful sex life.” Doesn’t matter that this is magical thinking which has no basis in reality. But I guess it’s good that no parts go to waste.
Honey is added to snake blood and drunk fresh as a “virility booster but also as a remedy for diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments.” Again, there is zero proof that this works. Like all other folklore tonics and cures, the proof is from those who swear it works. There seems no actual harm in this except for the mistaken idea that it actually does anything special for you.
Top 10 Weirdest Chinese Foods includes penises.