There’s a species of marine spoon worm which looks like a penis. Its body is covered with small papillae and it has a tiny snout like an elephant. Oh and yeah, people love it stir-fried.
No, this is not a nightmarish tale grabbed from some X rated Manga or horror film. This is an article – supposedly – about international cuisine.
The Urechis Unicinctus (yes, really) is a species of marine spoon worm about 10 to 30 cm long.
It’s yellowish brown, it writhes and well, let’s cut the crap, yes, this does look like a giant monster dong out of a Hentai.
Some wise people use it as bait, but it’s generally considered a delicacy in Korea, Japan and China.
Popularly known as “the penis fish,” or “gaebul”, (which means “dog’s penis” in Korean) it’s appreciated not only because of its alleged aphrodisiac properties, but for its salty, yet sweet taste.
It’s served both raw or cooked along with a savoury sauce made from sesame oil.
It can also be accompanied by a spicier dip made out of vinegar and gochujang.
Over in China, they like it dried and powdered to be used as an umami taste enhancer, or stir-fried with vegetables.
I used to think beondegi, the popular Korean snack made out of boiled or steamed silkworm pupae, was probably the weirdest and most horrific Korean delicacy, but now I think gaebul takes the first spot.
Although San-nakji, that dish made out of moving raw octopus arms sprinkled with sesame seeds does make these kind of rankings quite difficult.