There are 3 things you should know before you read this post:
- The word dick may be written several times. Although I know there could be many other choices of words used for the bull's genitals but I feel penis just would not have the same impact as my stomach now feels knowing what I had been feeding my family for at least 3 years. If you feel you may be offended I advise you to stop here.
- I am not judging those who regularly partake in a serving of dick soup.... You know different strokes for different folks.
- A lesson in living abroad is one word not understood in a foreign language can change the meaning of everything.
Sometimes things are just not what they seem! Turns out I had been unknowingly feeding my family dick soup for the past 3 years.......
Moving from Australia to Cambodia, we had most certainly had new experiences and become accustomed to seeing strange things and trying new foods we had never dreamt of eating. My kids have always been real troopers when faced with new challenges in a place that's foreign to them and been fearless when it came to trying new delicacies placed before them by neighbors and street vendors.
Around 3 years ago on a long haul trip to the capital city, Phnom Penh from Siem Reap, we decided to stop at a local roadside restaurant to fill the kids tummies and to get them through the final leg of our trip. My husband and I opted for a regular MiCha (fried rice) and my children requested to try out the giant spiders! You can check them out in all their glory here:
Now I am thankful to not have fussing eaters and I am rather proud how unlike their mumma, have absolutely no fears in what they put in their mouths. It was only last week while picking up some chicken at the roadside BBQ, that my daughters Layla 8 and Violet 9, requested a BBQ frog and snake each. Now I am not sure where their appetites for everything strange and "exotic" wonderful comes from but it most certainly not from me!
Scorpions where a favorite with the girls but not so much their brother Noah, but again, this was a request by the children themselves to have as a snack on the way to dinner. Not something they had been requested to consume by my husband, @philippekiene or myself. These strange eats were all choices they had made for themselves......
That was until I found out that I had been feeding them dick soup for the past 3 years!!
After a long day of teaching, and with my husband doing the night shift at our bar, I wanted something quick and easy for dinner so I could get our 5 little ones off to bed a little earlier so this mama could get some much-needed rest.
In Siem Reap you are spoilt for choices of not only local but international foods. It was rainy season and a little chillier than usual, so I decided a nice big bowl of noodle soup would be just perfect....and that it was!
The children absolutely loved it and I cannot lie, I did too. In fact, once daddy made it home we eagerly all told him of the soup he must try. It quickly became our families go to on those busy nights. Every time we would head to the little restaurant to pick up our take-away it was always packed to the rafters with people. Sometimes we would have to wait a little longer because it was so busy, we thought we had stumbled across Siem Reaps, biggest hidden gem.
Fast forwarded 3 years and we are having a farewell party at our bar for a close friend that was leaving town. The bar kitchen was closed for the night and everyone was starving!! "Let's pick up some of our favorite soup from BBU Road" I suggested. We began to tell all our friends about this amazing soup we had been eating for the past few years. "You mean the cow soup?" my Cambodian friend said, starting to point and gesture toward his penis. "Yes, the cow soup at the soup kitchen on BBU Road," I said, oblivious to the gestures. "Many foreigners doesn't try the cow penis soup, I am so happy you enjoy! It is very delicious, right?" in broken English........and then the penny dropped!
We had been eating Bull dick soup for 3 years and absolutely loving it, and now that I had found out what we had been consuming, just envisioning what my family had been devouring for the past few years unknowingly, I could feel my stomach churning just at the thought of it.
Turns out, bulls penis is a very expensive cut of meat and is known as "a special" meat by the locals and is very difficult to cook and I have now found out, is said to boost your virility.
First, the bull’s penis is boiled for 5 minutes, then removed and cleaned, then spices are added to the stock and it is boiled for three to four hours and then kept overnight. In the morning the Penis is boiled again and it is this long slow process that breaks down the sinew, making it less rubbery and giving it a nicer texture to eat. It is butterflied and then chopped up and added with other meats in the noodle soup. It looks just like the other meat in the soup and can easily be mistaken by the unsuspecting eye like myself. So be sure to really inspect your Cambodian noodle soup for traces of bull dick.
Another funny fact of the Cambodian dick soup is that it is often translated into English as "Cooked pizzle" lol. How on earth did I miss that? And for the record @philippekiene showed no signs of increased virility or aphrodisiacal powers.
I know it sounds ridiculous but we just can never go back to eating dick soup again. Even my brave, fearless eaters have decided to curb away from the soup as they don't like the idea of eating genitals just as much as me, thank goodness!
So does my post on some of the many of the Cambodian delicacies have you licking or lips for more or have you gagging at the thought? I would also love to hear of you too have eaten something unsuspecting you loved that you can now never eat again.
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