Friday Food No. 175 – Ox Whip
Friday 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 whips.
Back in Friday Food 85, I featured Ox Treasures, the euphemism for calves testicles. This is not, by far, the only genitalia to grace local tables. Most supermarkets will sell you 牛鞭，literally, ox whips.
Again they are being euphemistic. They are calves’ penises.
They are mainly used in soups and are supposed to be some sort of natural viagra, restoring power to the past it.
Menu from Jingdu Hotel, Liuzhou (very old – you’ll pay a lot more today!)
Pig pizzles are also sometimes available, more usually in markets rather than supermarkets. Dried deer dicks are highly prized, to the point that there are places selling fakes. If you really want to know where to get them, just send me a message. Tiger todger is, by far, the most desirable, but highly illegal. In 2014, a man was sentenced in Guangxi to 13 years imprisonment for eating and dealing in tiger parts. There is still however an underground supply chain. These are also often faked.
Here is Fuchsia Dunlop on how to cook penises.
Many year ago, I had dinner with some friends (a mix of foreigners and Chinese) in a Liuzhou restaurant. Some of the English friends present gave me a Tupperware type box of uncooked, cow’s vaginal labia as a birthday gift. Thanks guys.
Later, I gave them to a friend’s mother who was delighted and rushed off to her kitchen to fry them up. I’ve never seen them in the market, that I’m aware of, although there is one stall that sells all sorts of dubious looking bits and pieces. I know that those friends had to find a Chinese friend to help them specially order my lips.