For our Eat This series, we visited Kenka, an eccentric restaurant on St. Marks Place where you can order any standard Japanese pub fare from yakitori, gyoza and sashimi to more unusual treats like fried frog and male reproductive organs.
Kenka means brawl or fight in Japanese, fitting for the quirky, post-WWII Japanese reconstruction era-themed restaurant. Inside, the walls are covered in 1970s Japanese movie and propaganda posters.
The unconventional offerings we tried were inspired by what people ate during the time of economic recovery in Japan, according to chef Takeo Koyanagi, who also said the male organs were consumed as aphrodisiacs.
How Kenka prepares these dishes:
Turkey testicles: marinated in sake, ginger and soy sauce as well, skewered and grilled
Fried frog: marinated in sake, ginger and soy sauce, floured and deep-fried
Bull's penis: precooked and boiled, served with special sauce
Our favorite was the fried frog, then bull penis and turkey testicles, in that order. Kenka also offers cheap drinks with other kinds of delicacies for the daring: Takoyaki Russian roulette, with one ball filled with wasabi among fried balls of dough, and pig brain.