Bats at Tomohon Traditional Market, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
The market in Tomohon, Indonesia is one of those places that you can smell before you see. And it’s pretty much a grisly experience for both those senses. One of the most ghoulish looking creatures on offer is the lowly fruit bat. It’s usually sold already roasted, although there are live ones available as well if that better suits your culinary needs.
These web-winged mammals are generally used in the Minahasan dish Paniki, which is bat cooked in coconut milk with spicy herbs.
The wings are sold separately from the bat, presumably as a nice light snack, or perhaps a conversation piece.
If seeing dead bats drives you…well, batty, check out some less ghastly things to do in Manado, only 33 kilometres away.
My visit to the Tomohon Traditional Market was part of a rat-hunting tour (yes…rat-hunting, more on that later) provided by LocalGuiding.com.
It’s quite the experience — if you can stomach it.