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Get Over It: There's a Penis Restaurant in China

Haute genitalia is what you'll find at Beijing's Guo-li-Zhuang restaurant, including schlongs of water buffaloes, deer dick juice (sour as lemon, apparently), and yak's "goods." Our ears (and maybe other things) perk up, but after so much international coverage, aren't we over it yet? BBC and Telegraph News both covered it in 2006, and earlier this week, there it was again in the Times of London travel section. Whoop-dee-doo, they serve groins on platters! Earlier this month, Andrew Zimmern also swung by the testicle emporium on his show, making the obligatory phallic jokes (un-funny ones too).

Exposing this long-standing Chinese culinary tradition is almost guaranteed to garner enough web buzz for most-emailed article status, potentially saving a frenzied newsroom. "Send another reporter to that penis restaurant, quick! Nobody is reading us!" And with the Beijing Olympics in August, we can assume to read a few more articles when foreign correspondents inevitably get desperate for non-sports-related human interest coverage in China.

If this topic interests you, please see the nine other Serious Eats related posts tagged with "penis." (Aside: Is this the most e-mailed story of the day yet?)

Erin Zimmer is a new media analyst who frequently writes for Washingtonian, DCist, and other D.C. publications.

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