A Culinary Experience

Everywhere I’ve walked here in China I’ve seen new types of food either being cooked. One day it might be squid and another day it might be dog meat. To a westerner like me, the Chinese have a weird sense of what they consider delicious. Last night I was walking home and passed by some street vendors with my roommate Sam when I saw one of the vendors cooking something that I had never seen before. I walked up to owner of the stall and pointed to the item curiously. He said what it was in Chinese, but of course did not understand what he said since my Chinese was still pretty bad. Having become very good at pantomiming, I pointed to my nuts and the vendor nodded his head yes. He was cooking sheep testicles.

For some reason before I left for China my brother made it a point to tell me that if nothing else the one thing I needed to try were testicles. In America we always watched shows like Bizarre Foods or Man vs. Wild with Bear Grylls and they were always eating foods that I found disgusting. So heeding my brother’s advice, Sam and I ordered a testicle.

I know what you’re thinking, “Joel! Don’t eat it, it’s NOT KOSHER!” That’s the first thing I was thought too, but when in Rome. Right?

First the stall owner speared the testicle with skewers and placed it on his grill over hot coals. As we watched him cook the testicle started to expand over the heat (which was weird and unexpected). He then took a knife and sliced the testicle in half. Which for some reason really made me cringe, like when you see someone else get hit in the ball and empathize with them. He finished it off by seasoning the testicle with salt and an assortment of spices. The irony did not escape me that I was about to munch on salty balls.


When it came time to eating it, Sam jumped in and tried it first. It was then my turn. I bit in thinking it would be chewy, but it was actually really soft. Some parts of the testicle were a little bit chewy but most of it was really soft. I would describe it like eating a hard-boiled egg. I’m not sure if I will try another but it was quite the culinary experience.



About JoelS

Spending a year teaching English and saving the world in China
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