Wednesday, September 27, 2006

For Your Dining Pleasure...

BEIJING (UPI) -- When sampling donkey penis at a Beijing restaurant, it may help not to think about what is being eaten and just focus on its benefits.

It's good for the skin, in case you're wondering.

The Guolizhuang restaurant claims to be China's only restaurant specializing in penises, the BBC said Sunday. That's right, penises. Dog, reindeer (a delicacy), snake (they have two) and ox. It serves its unusual bill of fare in a variety of ways, from chilled to fried.

The restaurant's owner came up with the menu after he began looking into traditional Chinese medicine, the BBC said. Apparently appendages such as these are low in cholesterol and can be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as sexual dysfunction, the BBC said.

The restaurant's primarily male patrons, mainly wealthy businessmen or government officials, can dine discretely in private rooms, the BBC said. The wait staff, called nutritionists, serves little alcohol, but there is a deer blood and vodka cocktail on the menu.