How to Roast a Monitor Lizard
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How to Roast a Monitor Lizard
How to Roast a Monitor Lizard
Roasting is very easy: prepare whatever is to be roasted, then Roast it... For
animals, dress/skin it, spit it, roast it. How you roast something is entirely a
different matter. A lot depend on the heating. It's up to you to add your
spices, and to put anything you want, depending on your taste. Roasting a
Monitor Lizard should be easy. Dress - errr, Shouldn't it be really undress?
You'd skin it, spit it, then roast it. There is one problem though... The meat
of the lizard has a certain fishy taste (Igorots describe this as "langsi"),
although it tastes like Chicken. This is very much tasted on the meat near the
viscera. So how should you roast it? This recipe also applies to snakes. Click
here to see how snakes are roasted. This was made clear to me by my uncle,
Daniel Ayochok. Way back when I was young, I caught a monitor lizard, but I did
not want to bring it home because my previous experiences were such that
whenever I brought something home, I did not get to have my fill of my own
catch. So I thought of roasting it, and was starting to skin it at the farm when
my Uncle passed by and saw me. He taught me. Thus, this recipe is not mine.
Yeah, I know it is an endangered specie, but heck, in the Cordilleras, the
favorite part of a lizard's menu are Chicks. To the Igorots in the past, the
lizards were either prey or pests. In any case, I have seen one Igorot along the
Mountain trail way back in the 80's rearing monitor Lizards. So that means, if
one loves the taste (Not to mention that the skin is sold to shoe makers), You
can have a Monitor Lizard farm. I do not encourage hunting here. I simply am
posting a recipe. Get it, Mr Environmentalist?
~~One Big Monitor Lizard (Called "Faniyas" or "Hilay" or "bayawak")
~~Palongpong - A certain vine located in the Cordilleras. The leaves have a sour
taste, and is usually eaten by kids. For replacement, you could either try using
the "Kamias" (Readers, what's the english term for this?), or Unripe mangoes. I
would appreciate if Igorot readers out there supply me with their local term for
Palongpong, and whether there is a scientific name for this. (I'm still betting
there is no scientific name)
Prepare the Monitor Lizard. Now,Open the Monitor Lizard's mouth, and remove the tongue. Rub salt
inside the mouth, and all over the body, including the space at the ribs where
the heart was. Crumple leaves of the "Palongpong". Stuff the mouth with this.
Stuff the space at the ribs with crumpled "Palongpong" too. Now spit it.Spitting
a Monitor Lizard is just like what you would do to any four legged animal.
However, you need not tie the legs. You havew to tie the tail and the head, and
also tie at the abdomen. After it has been spitted, prepare your fire, and start
roasting. Normally, the meat would reach a red/brown resin color, and it would
be then ready to be eaten. Without the salt and the Palongpong, the fishy taste
would be noticeable. However, the salt masks this, and the "Palongpong provides
a sour taste that dissipates the fishy taste.
You can actually substitute ("Kamias"), but Strips of Unripe Mangoes are better.
If you do not have any of this, you can still remove the fishy taste before you
roast the Monitor lizard (This is an old trick: I do not know why I am still
telling this). Get a container, fill it with vinegar, and let the meat stay
there for thirty minutes, before roasting. The taste would be different, though,
and you would not experience the original taste of Monitor Lizard Meat.
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