Many visitors to China have stories of meals featuring creatures rarely represented on Western menus. But snake and shark’s fin pale in comparison to what five diners ordered in a restaurant in the Jinyun Mountain district. The Chongqing Times reports that the gastronomes arrived with a sack and asked the restaurant owner to cook its contents. She was shocked to find the sack contained a live, but injured, macaque monkey, the brain of which she was urged to fry up in the kitchen’s wok. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the story is that the owner, a Mrs Jiang, refused, and actually bought the monkey for Rmb1,500 ($219). She plans to nurse it back to health and release it into the wild.
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