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Friday Food 85 – Ox Treasure

chopsticksFriday food is a weekly article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week, we are looking at, hmmm, ox treasures.

I’ve decided that I’ve been letting you guys off too lightly and that I haven’t really grossed anyone out too much recently. That is about to change.

This week I am featuring what literally translates to English as “ox treasures”. 黄牛牛宝 in Chinese. They are also known as 牛蛋, or “ox eggs”.


Calf testicle 黄牛牛宝

This is a testicle. It is one of the testicular appendages of a calf. A bull’s ball. They have a similar texture to most offal – but without the smell associated with say, kidneys. They are normally skinned and soaked before being cooked. Typical preparations include them being sliced and stir fried,  or being deep fried whole.

Calf testicles are available in most markets or from RT Mart (大润发) for ¥28.90/500 g. One ball will cost you around ¥10.

Of course, their use as food is not confined to China. They are popular in many parts of the world. What I’ve only seen in Asia though, is chicken testicles. Cock’s balls so to speak. These are also available in local markets. Duck testicles are, however, my favourite. When I can find them.

cocks testicles

Cockerel testicles in a Nanning market.

Bon appetit!

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One Response to “Friday Food 85 – Ox Treasure”

  1. carl johnson Says:

    In Tennessee we call pig testicles ‘Mountain oysters’. I don’t really care for oysters- of any sort- but ‘ Rooster fries’ are pretty good.

    Let me amend that! They are only as good as the cook is. Never had Duck balls! I would think a mite fishy tasting? I really do not care for duck!

    Second amendment! LOL
    Never ate a tame duck! Only the ones I shot, and that years ago

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