Tags / Delicacy
People eating bats.
The mountainous area of Iloilo.
Adobong paniki dish.
Garlic and onions for frying the bats.
A woman cooking adobong paniki dish.
A man showing a fruit bat.
Igcabuyao, a village in the province of Iloilo in the Philippines, is a three hour car ride from any main city. The terrain is tough, and transportation inaccessible. People often walk several hours to buy food, and frequently live below the poverty line, growing only peanuts to sustain themselves without outside help.
To keep hunger at bay, locals have for generations turned to an unlikely food source: bats. The village of Igcabuyao is located near six major bat caves, an important resource for their survival.
Fruit bats are considered a delicacy in this area.. Poi bat and Adobong Paniki, deep fried bat with soy sauce, are thrilling dishes for exotic food lovers. Today, bats are frequently served as appetizers in wine bars.
A boy observes and learns the techniques needed to catch the Khmer Delicacy.
Once visable the arachnid is quickly plucked from its hole and grabbed by its back just in front of its abdomen using 2 fingers with care taken to avoid a nasty bite from there rather large fangs.
Mr Marom Hem happy with the hunt.
From a very young age children a taught the techniques needed to survive when food is in short supply.
The boys parade their catch.
The tarantulas lair.
When caught the spiders are delicately put into small plastic bottles and kept there until they and ready to eat.
The hunters look into the spiders lair and prepare for the capture.
Wielding a axe a young hunter heads into the jungle in search of tarantula's.
The children are calm while they dig for the eight-legged arachnids.
A young hunter heads back to the jungle hut to give his catch to his mother to prepare for eating.
The spiders are caught using a very primitive simple yet effective technique.
A boy searches the jungle for new hunting spots.
Living of the land.
The delicacy is sometimes eaten raw.
The tarantula tries to escape the boys grasp.
A young boy runs past his jungle hut.
Everybody awaits the capture.