Balls in the Southland

Although you can’t find American-style prairie oysters or mountain fries in these parts (at least, nobody has posted about them), testicles can be had in a few Southland restaurants.

El Nido’s double whammy, a Nicaraguan soup of brains and what they delicately translate as “bull’s eggs” (sopa de sesos con creadilla de toro), is some tasty stuff, says trojans, with an excellent broth.

The standout Middle Eastern restaurant Alcazar offers Lebanese-style lamb fries (beyd ghanam), sautéed in a zesty lemon sauce with pine nuts and sumac. No word on how they taste, but Tezzz recommends the chicken shawarma with Zankou-esque garlic paste as a fallback plan.

Macau Street Restaurant also does testicles, Chinese style, says ipsedixit.

Want to make your own? Try Vallarta Supermarket or Hawaii Supermarket. trojans usually skewers and grills them, while risottoman recommends pan-frying them in olive oil with garlic, onions, white wine, and parsley.

Incidentally, Eddie Lin’s Deep End Dining blog is a great source for extreme eating experiences, even if you’re just a voyeur.

El Nido Restaurante Nicaragüense [Mid-City]
2112 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
323-939-6506

Alcazar Fine Middle Eastern Cuisine [San Fernando Valley – West]
17239 Ventura Boulevard, Encino
818-789-0991

Macau Street Restaurant [San Gabriel Valley]
429 W. Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
626-288-3568

Vallarta Supermarket [San Fernando Valley – East]
13715 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys
818-786-4703

Vallarta Supermarket [San Fernando Valley – East]
10859 Oxnard Street, North Hollywood
818-509-2932

Vallarta Supermarket [San Fernando Valley – East]
10950 Sherman Way, Burbank
818-846-1717

Hawaii Supermarket [San Gabriel Valley]
1702 S. Del Mar Avenue, San Gabriel
626-571-8732

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