Travel Photo of the Week — Bats! (wings sold separately)

Posted by - March 9, 2012 | Category: Peculiarities

Bats at Tomohon Traditional Market, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Eating bat -- Pasar 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.

Bats for sale as food -- Pasar Tomohon Traditional Market, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

These web-winged mammals are generally used in the Minahasan dish Paniki, which is bat cooked in coconut milk with spicy herbs.

Bats for sale  -- Pasar Tomohon Traditional Market, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

More roasted bats for sale as food, eating bats  -- Pasar Tomohon Traditional Market, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bats are a common source of food protein -- Tomohon Traditional Market, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

The wings are sold separately from the bat, presumably as a nice light snack, or perhaps a conversation piece.

Bat wings for sale as food -- Tomohon Traditional Market, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Bats for sale at Tomohon Traditional Market in North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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.

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25 comments
  1. I was trying to find out how one would cook them or what to do with them. I thought they were to be protected as they eat insects and bugs> I cannot believe that one would want to eat them as some say they may have rabies? What on earth is this place coming to…next kill and eat mosquitoes!!!!

  2. What the heck is wrong with this world – I know we raise/eat animals but their bodies looked as though they died a torturous death! it’s appalling – and ugly and cruel. Hope the indonesians choke on one and die!

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