Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cuscus for dinner

Our first meal of fresh meat when we were in the village was of cuscus. The Sos Kundi people are hunter-gatherers primarily, so they occasionally eat meat from an animal that they have speared.

One day some people came to our door and showed us the cuscus that they had killed, and her baby which was still alive.
Dead mother cuscus:
Baby cuscus:

Later on that night, we had cuscus for dinner. Before they cook the meat (of most animals) they remove the hair from the skin by burning it off over the fire. The burnt hair taste is very evident when you eat the meat. It is quite a strong, strange taste that is rather unpleasant at first, but it is something that I think could be an acquired taste and rather enjoyable once you get used to it.

A few days later, they still had the baby cuscus and we had a bit of play with it as you can see in these pictures. It is such a cute animal, even as adults they are cute.

1 comment:

Tahjene said...

That cuscus is so cute, I'm sad that they killed the mother though. Is this in New Guinea? Were you on a tour?