In keeping with the Chinese belief that certain animals or their organs have special medicinal properties, one can only speculate about the advantages of ingesting a penis that once belonged to a poor little donkey.

China International Travel Service (CITS) prepares visitors for the fact that they might consider some of the things eaten in China to be offensive to their sensibilities.

They encourage people, however, to taste them in order to “bridge the cultural gap and look at it with an open mind.”

In many shopping districts, vendors offer a range of delicacies such as seahorses on sticks, donkey penises and cicadas.

One vendor said of his very different and weird food fare:

“The seahorses are good for men’s kidneys and these cicada are good for both the boys and the girls.”

Perhaps the strangest custom to western eyes is the consumption of donkey penises, which are considered highly desirable delicacies. (Not for the poor donkeys).

Watch the video of a poor Englishman being confronted with a dinner that is not only strange but also incomprehensible.

His hostess explains how to eat it and its manner of preparation.

The poor little donkey.

MDeeDubroff

MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.