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Absolutely bananas

Absolutely bananas

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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