Dudes Eating ‘Monkey Stew’ To Check It Off Their Bucket List Have The Weirdest Bucket List
Coming to us from the ‘Meat Eater Podcast with Steven Rinella’ is a video featuring a group of dudes on a hunting and fishing trip in Bolivia, and checking one unusual item off of their bucket list: eating monkey.
The concept of eating monkey is pretty damn foreign to me, and rightfully so. Firstly, we don’t have any monkeys indigenous to the United States, so I’m not accustomed to seeing them. Secondly, I see monkeys as one of the closest things to human beings, and capable of complex thought and learning, and the thought of eating them just freaks me out a little bit. I’m not going to hate on anyone who does eat a monkey, because I’m all about ‘to each his own’, I’m simply stating that the thought of doing so is pretty strange to me. I might even try monkey meat myself given the opportunity, but I can’t say for certain.
Anyways, we’ve got the ‘Meat Eater’ guys on film trying ‘Monkey Stew’ during the tail end of an 8-day hunting and fishing trip through Bolivia with the Tsimane tribesman. As you can see from the video eating monkey for the first time was a bucket list item for some of the guys, for others they weren’t took keen on trying it, but none of them had anything bad to say about the meat itself. Part of me thinks that might be attributed to this all taking place at the end of a long trek through the jungle, where anyone would be craving meat and nourishment. Perhaps if they tried that monkey on day 1 right after they got off the plane they might be singing a different tune, but that’d be a tasting experiment for a different day.
The Tsimané people are a tribe indigenous to the lowlands of Bolivia, and they’re apparently HUGE into eating monkey meat. To them monkey meat is the ultimate delicacy, and they are the tribe with which the ‘meat eater podcast’ dudes ate their very first monkey meat. One interesting thing to note (according to Wikipedia) is that the Tsimané people don’t develop heart disease at the same ages as other people around the world, which might suggest monkey meat is actually good in staving off heart disease. But that’s quite a bit of extrapolation I just did based on very little data.
As for what monkey meat tastes like? My knowledge extends as far as that scene in ‘Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom’ when they’re served chilled monkey brains:
But, for the sake of journalism (and my own sense of curiosity) I dug a little deeper and drudged up some responses from around the Internet on just what monkey meat purportedly tastes like. Here are a few responses from around the web:
Depends on the type of monkey but its somewhere between pork and deer.
The texture is very close to pork with a soft meatiness that flakes apart slightly rather than crumbling (Fatty pork flakes apart, in contrast to say a dry over cooked beef or a ground beef which crumbles apart).
The taste can vary widely depending on the diet of the animal but typically has a slightly gamy flavor not unlike wild deer (though deer has a texture closer to beef, which a monkey does not).
The fattier parts of a monkey come close in texture and silkiness to duck breast (with the skin), but without the hint of fishiness that comes with water foul.
According to Cryptoforest’s excerpt of a book on Colonel Percy Fawcett’s exploration, human flesh tastes remarkably like monkey meat:
Senor Donayre … was an interesting man. At one time the German firm for which he worked on the Purus sent him to the Putumayo to contact Indians on that river, learn their language, and report on the chances of rubber and trade. In one large tribe he was given a wife, and stayed with them for two years.
“These people were cannibals,” he said, “and many a time I have seen bits of men – white men – cooked. They didn’t care to much for eating whites – man of other Indian tribes were preferred. The taste is rather like monkey meat.”
The NYTimes claims it can be purchased here in NYC.
And this site claims that you can buy ‘canned monkey meat‘ in Cambodian grocery stores.
So if you bros are interested in trying out some monkey meat for yourself I think you have more than enough information now at your disposal to procure that aforementioned monkey meat. Me? I’m still torn on whether or not I’d try it, but chances are I would because I’ll give any food a shot at least once.
For the full podcast on their time in Bolivia and eating ‘monkey stew’ you can CLICK HERE to head on over to ‘The Meat Eater’.