Taishu Izakaya Kenka
25 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
And now for something completely different! I’m sure you’re all very familiar with the items in each photo however there is something there that is quite unique and no I’m not talking about the mackerel.
If you guessed bull penis then you are a winner! I love yakitori and I also love weird and crazy foods so there’s no way I could possibly pass up a bull’s penis once I spotted it on the menu. So of course the million dollar question is how was it?! I can tell you one thing for sure though! When they finally brought this dish over, my first thought was “Holy crap! This thing looks like some guy’s tool!”. Did that stop me? Hell no! Being polite, I cut off the head portion for my friend. I watched him start to eat this thing while slicing a piece off for myself. The look on his face was priceless. It’s the kind of look one gets when they are carefully walking that tightrope between swallowing something gross or hurling all over the place. I then began eating the piece that I cut for myself. It really had hardly any kind of taste. Just like tofu is somewhat tasteless unless you flavor it with something. There was some kind of sweet brown sauce smothering this thing but I have no clue what that was. It wasn’t so much the flavor as it was the texture that really got to me. The texture made me think of a combination of pure cartilage and fat. Somewhat chewy, firm, and crunchy all at the same time. While I was chewing on this thing I still had a close eye on my friend who was still walking that tightrope. Watching him made me feel a little bit uneasy and in an instant I was doing the very same balancing act as him. Somehow I managed to distract myself, chew my piece up and swallow it! Utter disaster had been avoided. To sum up, this thing was God awful! Not because of the taste but because of the texture. Would I try this again if it was prepared in a different manner? Absolutely!