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Entry from February 17, 2019
Torpedo Soup (Malaysian bull’s penis soup)

Entry in progress—B.P.

28 March 2003, Asian Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong), “Culture and Thought—Personal Journey: Preserving Penang --- Heritage Conservation vs. Urban Renewal” by Li Min Lim, pg. P9:
Then we detour into Penang Street, famous for its mamak, Malay-Indian hawker stalls, selling torpedo soup, a bull’s penis dish unique to the island.

22 May 2003, Global Information Network (New York, NY), “Malaysia: Nasi Kandar, A Multi-Ethnic Food, Spices Up Night Life” by Anil Netto, pg. 1:
PENANG, Malaysia, May 21 (IPS/GIN)—It’s 4 a.m. in Gelugor, a residential suburb in the northern Malaysian state of Penang.
There is the usual chicken, fish and beef curries, an array of fried dishes, and for the more adventurous there is cow’s stomach soup, quail soup and goat’s leg soup. Some mysterious dishes like ‘torpedo soup’ have also showed up on the menu.

24 August 2005, Seattle (WA) Post-Intelligencer, “If you like Bourdain, you gotta try ‘No Reservations” by Hsiao-Ching Chou, pg. C1:
The recent Malaysia episode has [Anthony Bourdain] eating a shrimp paste out of a ceramic crock in a night market in Kuala Lumpur. His response: “It’s shrimpy and putrid - in a good way.” Later, he sits down at a stall for a bowl of torpedo soup, which is boiled bull penis in a savory curry broth. “That’s a mouthful,” Bourdain says, innuendos intended.

3 January 2006, New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), “‘Torpedo soup’ to the rescue,” pg. 13:
GEORGE TOWN, Mon. - “Sup Torpedo”, anyone?

Penang’s answer to the West’s cure-all chicken soup is still a favourite among regulars who look for it whenever they have a cold, flu or fever.

The secret is believed to lie in the “torpedo”, a euphemism for the bull’s penis said to do the trick for those feeling poorly.

The soup made its debut in Penang about 15 years ago, when one Shahul Hameed started selling it from Sup Hameed Sdn Bhd in Jalan Penang.

Today, the restaurant sells about 300 bowls of soup a month. Its manager, Zainul Wahab, 42, said the recipe was created by Hameed’s grandfather 25 years ago.

The recipe was a trade secret, Zainul said, though he was willing to reveal that garlic, ginger and other assorted local herbs were used.

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First Time Eating ‘Torpedo Soup’ in Malaysia - Unheard of Malaysian Food
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Published on Aug 22, 2018
Catch Travel Host, Trevor James eating ‘Torpedo Soup’ in Malaysia for the first time! Check this out!

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