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Alright, so he's smacking the jaw right now. What? I didn't even know this cut of meat existed. Last time on our Tanzania tribal adventure, I got to taste some chaga cooking and wash it down with some chaga drink. Oh, tamuzana. Now, we're heading away from Kilimanjaro toward the Serengeti on a mission to discover the most unique out of this world market you'll find in Africa. This place is insane. Meet the Maasai, the Maasai number over two million, mostly in Kenya and Tanzania. So they keep it in the gourd. I guess it can stay fresh in there a long time. For hundreds of years, members of this tribe ate nothing but meat, milk, and blood.
They have one of the most mesmerizing diets you'll find anywhere. There's something that is going to appear controversial to the people who watch what follows, and that is the way the sheep is dispatched. It's dispatched by a way of. . . Today I'm saying yes. Cheers. Whatever I see, whatever they offer me. That's a head. No matter how extreme. It all starts. . . No, I got it. I got it. . . . here. The Maasai's nomadic lifestyle revolves around their cattle. Where they move depends fully on where there's grazing land. When the animals aren't grazing, traditionally they're kept in a pasture surrounded by houses so they can protect their cattle from predators like lions.
These days, at least in this village, the setup is a little different as some tribes begin to align themselves with modern-day Tanzania. They have decided to move cattle and animals aside because before they were getting a lot of problems for the kids. They were sick a lot. They've adopted the local currency as they've learned to do business with other tribes. Life isn't just about trading cows, but about buying and selling any number of products. Products we'll soon see at Africa's biggest Maasai market. All right, sir. How are you doing? I'm good. Across from me, Tobiko, the village chief. Next to him, Adam, our expedition leader. We're here. We're in your village.
We're about to have some breakfast together. So we have these vessels for food, although they're empty, and I believe the food is currently residing in that gourd. So we're going to have Lashoro. All right, it gives it a little bit of a mix. You want to mix the corn and the milk. Corn and sour milk. This is what many Maasai in this area eat for breakfast. It looks like yogurt. And your protein. It's got protein. I heard the word protein. The corn kernels are separated from the ca before boiling.
Now, the corn part of this makes me really curious because I've hung out with the Maasai people in Kenya, and traditionally it's told that the Maasai people are nomads and they eat three things, blood, milk, and meat. And so I'm wondering, was corn introduced later on? When he was young, that's when he get introduced to the corn. In a clay pot, add corn, sour cow milk, and mix. Does this come from your cows? Yes, they come from these cows. That mixture goes into a calabash containing ash. According to them, the ash makes the food taste a whole lot better. So they keep it in the gourd.
I guess it can stay fresh in there a long time? It can stay there for a month. A month? Oh, that's awesome. Cheers. Cheers. Okay, that's really interesting. It's so rich, calorie dense. This whole thing is probably 800 calories. A lot of vitamins. So it tastes like a very liquidy yogurt. And then the corn, the corn reminds me of corn I've had in Mexico where it's kind of rubbery, starchy, certainly not sweet at all, but. . . Sorry, still chewing. It's so rich. It adds some starch, it adds some texture, and even more calories to the dish. So you're not just getting milk. How often do you eat something like this? Three times a day. Oh wow.
The corn in Africa is very interesting to me. In most ways it's good because it's offered this very affordable means for people to get calories efficiently and inexpensively. But it has disrupted the traditional diets of many, many tribes all over the continent. When I go hang out with the Himba people, they also are suddenly eating corn flour. And when I hang out here, I see also you've incorporated corn largely into your diet. So if money was no object, if you had to choose just to do the traditional style, milk, blood, and meat, would he prefer that over corn? I like all of this because of the corn and the vegetables.
If you drink only milk, you feel hungry first. So when you incorporate to a corn, you stay for a long time. So even if you have a lot of cows, a lot of animals, he will still prefer to have the corn. First of all, the breakfast, wonderful, thank you. We've come here today to experience eating some sheep, the Maasai way. There's something that is going to appear controversial to the people who watch what follows. And that is the way the sheep is dispatched by way of strangulation, I guess you could say cutting off its airway. Tradition has it that when sacrificing an animal, the men will walk it outside the village to slaughter and cook.
Later, bringing back dedicated cuts for the women. You know, out here, you probably just have the two options, strangulation or slicing the throat. Do you think one of those is more humane or easier for the animal than the other? Suffocating is much better for the animal because they die fast. Do you think that withholding air is actually going to be faster than waiting for it to bleed out? Yeah, suffocating is faster, but also the animal do not suffer from cut. I never thought about it that way. I've always opted to document the way cultures around the world slaughter animals because these actions tell their own story.
Here in this village, they cut off the goats' airways until the animal suffocates and dies. They do this to keep the soon to be eaten blood inside the animal. They've just skinned the entire animal. The blood, since it's not been released, it's completely pooled within the animal. And if my last experience with the Messiah in Kenya is any indicator, I think I know what's going to come next. They're slaughtering it in a way I've never seen before because, I mean, almost always you see people skin it and then gut it. But they're kind of working around all the organs. The other side of the ribs, there is a pool of blood remaining. Oh boy. Oh wow.
He'd, he just never get used to it. Oh, he slurped it up like it was jello. All right, hold on. Save some for the rest of us. Oh my God. Okay. Let's go for it. You've got to be quick here. Oh God. It's still, you can feel the warmth of the animal. Just like that, huh? God damn it. Oh I got it. It's salty. It's irony. It tastes like raw blood. My instinct is to kick it back and to puke it up. I will not let that happen. Oh, yup. Okay. It's all PTSD. Now they've taken the kidney here. They've cut the kidney in half. He puts that in my hand. Okay. That's fantastic. Okay.
Piece of raw kidney. Yeah, yeah. You eat that. You know what? The breakfast was actually pretty nice. This guy, he is taking it down like a champion, like a warrior. I can't do it. I want a Pop-Tart. I want a Toaster Strudel. I want pretty much anything but this right now. I'm not sure why just some people get the blood and others don't, but man, that guy is a blood fiend. Huge fan. So now I believe they're going to finish taking it apart, portioning the animal out.
The way they portion it is very important in this tribe and in this village because each piece is for a different person, depending on their sex, whether they're pregnant, depending on their age. So, while that's happening, I'm going to go clean up. So, the meat has been roasting now for about 30 minutes. They're taking it off. Everything is ready. Let me point out this right here. From this side, you might not be able to tell what it is. That's the head. So the head, they charred it. They scraped off all the hair. And then now the whole skull was split in half. You can even see the tongue in the very center.
I can't believe the accuracy with which they've been able to split it open carefully and roast the whole thing all the way through. Boom. Okay. Here we go. Please. It looks like we're going to be trying out one piece at a time. Right here is either the front or back leg. And everything's shared in a very communal style. It's like Brazilian barbecue. Oh, thank you. Super juicy. Very delicious. You must understand, no seasonings. Nothing has been added. It's also one of the fastest preparations I've ever seen in my life. From the dispatching of the goat until eating right now is probably an hour or less. Super quick and efficient.
It makes sense because back in the day, if you were eating this constantly for your main source of protein or your main source of calories, period, you would have to be able to do it quickly. Some of these pieces are a bit more medium, not cooked all the way through. Something tells me they don't mind that. Good? Yeah, Tamil. There's going to be nothing left of this animal when we're done. In just a matter of minutes, this whole leg is just gone. Now, this is something I've never tried with the Maasai. I've tried the ribs. I've tried legs, but the head. Oh, thank you. That is a lower jaw.
Not a lot of meat, but right back here, I just saw the cheek. Super tender, super delicious. All right, so he's smacking the jaw right now. What? I didn't even know this cut of meat existed. Please. He just cracked open the jaw and out comes whatever that is. It looks like a noodle. It's good. Tamil. This is part of the efficiency I'm talking about. They can't waste anything. I mean, why would they want to? Cutting off the tongue. This has to be one of the most prized bites of the entire sheep. Oh, is this for me? What? Big, fatty, beautiful. I'm going to try to just take one slice. I feel bad. I want to share it.
I'm going to keep this one. Here. Please. Yeah. Good, good. I think I did the right move. Everyone's sharing it. They're loving it. Take a look at this. You can see the fat from the base of the tongue. Inside the tongue, it is juicy, really meaty. And then there's kind of like the bark that's built up from roasting over the fire here. So delicious. So chief, I do have a few questions because I know these days the cattle are not just for your personal consumption. You're eating some like today, but you're also selling them at the market.
So how do you decide what to eat and how you decide what to sell? So the one that looks very healthy, the one that they are eating, the one that's not very healthy that is for sale. All right. Don't worry. We're going to eat a lot of the meat, especially at the market where we're going next. A few miles later, and we've arrived at Tanzania's isolated Maasai trading market, a place with its own out of this world goat alley. This is where folks come to eat. And we're going to see that soon. This place has been around since 1954, even before Tanzania gained independence.
Once a week, this plot of dusty land becomes a colorful hotspot packed with action. Each Friday, chief Tobiko and his nephew Gideon bring their livestock here to sell. We've come to low key market. This is one of the wildest, most unique markets I've seen anywhere in the world. And I've been to a good amount of places here. They have not only food, but they have livestock. They have everyday commodities, anything people would need for day to day life. So I'm going to show you everything I can find food and otherwise first to the livestock area. Back in the day, this place was only populated by local Maasai.
But over the years, other tribes from neighboring regions have begun trickling in. All right. This is pretty wild. The foundation of this market starts with the livestock and no protein is consumed more in Maasai life than goats. There's a bunch of different goats too. Look at this one with the butt, with the dumba. I don't think he liked that very much. Thank you. I think I'm in. In these parts, cattle are wealth and a form of currency. The more cattle you have, the wealthier you are. If you have no cattle, you're probably broke.
If you're here, if you're selling goats, what's a good price you would hope to get for a goat? So 60,000 up to 100,000 depend on the size of the goat. Okay. That's pretty affordable. They're also selling cows. I want to see the cow area. Just outside the goat pen, you'll find an open patch with folks selling cows to the highest bidder. 350,000. Sunny. Okay. This man walked all the way here with three cows. It's late in the afternoon and he's still yet to sell a single one. The word is around town, some people will take like a sick cow or an unhealthy cow, they'll bring it to the market. Is this a healthy cow? It's good.
I don't know how you test such a thing, but he says the cow is in good shape, although we do know that some people bring the unhealthy ones to market. Wow, this guy, he does lack a little confidence in negotiating because I'm not negotiating at all and he's already dropping the price. Rule one, don't do that. Thank you very much. We're continuing on in the market. Here is where they have all the produce and this is stuff that's going to be local to Tantania and the area in general. So there's tomatoes, onions, corn, lots of different brightly colored foods. And right here we just found some fried bread too.
With livestock as a market staple, over time local farmers began bringing and selling produce of all kinds. But when people gather, especially over a long hot day, they need to eat. This next place is insane. I call it Goat Alley. Right now you can see as we're walking in, slaughtering goats. On this side, slaughtering goats. Jumbo, jumbo. That meal we had already today, you're going to see the same kind of iteration all over the place because that's what people prepare here and that's what they eat here. I mean look at this. The staple food, like really the food the Messiah are known for and there's just dozens of places serving this here. It's wild to see.
This thing that's really based on village life, on small communities, they have kind of commercialized it here and so people can come, they can get the goat like they're used to eating at home. Incredible. At the end of Goat Alley, just a few steps away, you'll find this place. Guys we've made our way to a bar. This will not surprise you if you know me. This is where people come hang out and get drunk. Like if I was Messiah, this is probably where you'd find me every Friday. Pub owner Ms. Priska owns more than one of these happy houses. Right here in this bucket there's corn beer and then it's poured in a huge cup.
I look like a little kid at a football game. I've got like my big drink, my big plate of food. I'm ready to roar at the picnic here. It's not fun to drink alone. I'm going to hand out some beers to these guys too. A sante. Guys, cheers. I don't know if people cheers here but cheers. Wow, that is, it's milky. It's fermented for sure. It's thick. It's like getting drunk off of milk. Like just imagine a bunch of corn that's just been sitting in a pile in a wet sheet for a week. That's what it smells and tastes like.
And I can see why people would want to be in here and hang out in here because it is scorching outside. It's nearly 90 degrees. It's nothing but heat and then dirt beneath. Cooking is easy, but if you want to eat, it's BYOP. Bring your own plate. Just a few steps away, you'll find one of the few food options here that isn't grilled goat. Pilau. A blended rice with chopped goat and a load of spices. Kidney beans, tomato and onion salad, and finally goat stew. Look, I didn't say it wouldn't be goat. I just said it wouldn't be grilled goat. Oh, it's super yummy. Beans and rice, it's delicious. It's about what you would expect.
This is a very balanced plate. So I'm going to get that all in one spoonful. Yummy, tender goat. It's a little bit different. I mean, it's been stewed as opposed to being roasted. I got to say, the average person from my hometown, if you gave them this plate, they would love it. But if you put them in this setting, it would blow their head off. They would be so overwhelmed by all the stimulation that there is here. There's hanging animals everywhere and just the complete circle of life is here. So that is what people might have some trouble with. But the food itself is delicious. It's really good.
Oh, I'm feeling the corn beer a little bit. I got a little bit of a buzz. I like it. This is excellent bar food and this whole plate, get this, costs $1 for all this. Rice, meat, vegetables, it has everything. This I think you could probably get about five of these for a dollar. For $2, you can get a good buzz and a full stomach. I like it. Motorcycle tire sandals seem to be a Maasai innovation. I also saw them in Kenya. First of all, you can get shoes from here, shoes that are already made, but these are called zero kilometer shoes.
That means these are new-ish tires, the special thing they do here is they customize them and they fit them to your feet exactly. That's one potential shoe and I don't know, I need to find a matching tread. It doesn't say the size of the tire on here. All right, I got to look around. Pretty good. Am I going to be walking in circles if I get the wrong tread? It doesn't match. I think right here is pretty good. They're not exactly the same width, but they're close enough. I'm going to try walking around in these. Let's see how it goes. First of all, these are my actual shoes.
I've been putting off shoe shopping for a long time. My real shoes look like crap. It's time for some new ones. This is how they're made, using a knife, a hammer, a few nails and a lot of craftsmanship. This shoester is cobbling together custom footwear made from abandoned tires. He claims they'll last for two years. This seems like a deal I cannot pass up. My gosh, you've done it. Well done. Look at this, I got new shoes made from motorcycle tires. So that is pretty incredible. I got my new shoes. Let's take a stroll. Thank you. Oh, I just have one small problem. This one fits perfectly.
This one is way too narrow and it's killing my foot. Now, whose fault is that? That's mine. I picked the tires. Aside from the shoe making, you'll find a lot of standout services here that you won't find at your usual Sunday farmers market. You know, not a lot of people have electricity running to their homes here. So what they have is solar panels and some small electronics that will run off of the solar panels. They also have speakers, radios, maybe a flashlight, pretty simple stuff. Stuff that is going to make life a lot easier out here in the countryside when you don't have electricity, but simple nonetheless. Right here we have the electronics department.
You can do a couple of things. Here is a phone charging station. They keep it in the safe box right here. No one's going to get it. Then over here on this computer, you can download whatever you need. They've got music, they've got movies, they can put it on a flash drive for you or provide your own flash drive. That way you can listen to whatever music you want or watch whatever movies you want without having to download it yourself. Pretty cool. Once you've done your shopping and you've popped a few banana beers, you can even gamble. For just 20 cents, you get a dozen chances to win a mouth-watering reward. All right, all right.
Yeah, I didn't get it. There's just one rule. Close. Don't knock down the bottle. No? Ah. Yes. No. What? Oh, I got it. I ringed it. All right, you got to drop it on there like an angel. I wish there was beer over there. Again? I got it again. Okay. This is how people lose their retirement. Oh, someone got it. Someone knocked the lid off. Hey, it's a perfect ending. No one wins. Let's get going. As I go around the market, I notice there's not a huge amount of variety, but they have more goat parts that I haven't tried yet, including this. Do you have any idea what this is? Take a close look. It's wrinkly.
Yeah, those are the testicles. It's still attached to whatever is connected to the testicles. The back, the crotch, I'm not sure. The underbelly, it's all together. So I'm going to buy this whole thing. My guy here, these balls, please. It looks cooked all the way through. I hope these balls are not medium rare because that is definitely not something I would order. Okay, so from here, he's taking the testicles off. He's going to slice them up. I'm going to try it out. Aside from these tasty gonads, my final meal includes hacked up pieces of goat back and bananas. Simply slit it down the middle and let it fry. The day here is winding down.
The sun's going to set in a couple of hours and that means everyone is going to be out of here. But right now, even more food that I've found. And also I found these two guys from the village. Hey, how you doing? I lost them for a little bit. You're positive? I'm not. Earlier, I was competing to win a warm Coca-Cola. I don't know why I would be doing that when I could just buy a warm beer. Ah, somewhat refreshing. Intoxicating though. Here, let's take a tour of the platter. This is kind of the lower back of the goat. Fried bananas and then the testicles. Something that gives men like us power. Not that we need it.
But could hurt to get a little help. I'm going to try, ooh, I'm going to try first. Nice little pieces of meat, a little goat. Now here, they have their own salsa. A chili sauce if you will. Salty, but a little bit of spice. Like a three out of 10. Not bad. Green bananas, the perfect pairing to all this heavy food. Let's go for it. A bit starchy, obviously not sweet. It came from the green banana. So it's just going to be almost potato-y inside. Oh, I wonder if I'll go for that in here. In the chili sauce? What? That's insane. Yeah, that's really good. My God, that is Maasai chips and salsa right there.
That's quite delicious. All right guys, well that pretty much wraps up the show. I hope you enjoyed, oh, right, the balls. Let's go for it together. Ready? Let's go for it. It's very delicious. It has a very gentle flavor. It's soft, it's palatable. It's not too intrusive. It's not blunt. I like it. It's a very different texture of meat. It's a weird feeling. It's so hard to explain it. Almost like eating a flaky fish. I don't know. It doesn't make sense. I got to say, not bad. And a good way to end the day, a little bit of manpower. Or well manpower.
Guys, you know what I love about today? Almost three years ago, I went to Kenya and I got to experience the traditional side that goes back decades or hundreds of years. And now in parts of Africa, people are adapting to modern times and to modern development. Here you can see the Maasai taking interesting rituals and customs that usually would only take place within their village and they're sharing it in big communities and even with outsiders. People who aren't Maasai, people from other villages, even my stupid face. We can come here, we can take part and enjoy this very traditional food and sit shoulder to shoulder with the Maasai people.
At the same time, the Maasai people are learning from other tribes and other people as well. So as our world is becoming more globalized and more connected, it's fascinating to see the next step for the Maasai people. That said, cheers. Best Ever Food Review Show is a small team of independent creators and everything we do here works because of you guys. Click the link in our description to join our Patreon and receive exclusive benefits. Peace. They're going to grab this soon and then we're going to head over under the tree to eat. Wait, wait, wait. Just wait, wait a moment. Okay, hold on. Oh, they're going to have to hand me jay my legs. Oh, the blood.
The blood's coming back. Oh, oh. And before, can you believe I was. . . Oh, another. They're having a whole chit chat. Hello. How are you doing? Jumbo. All right. They do that. That means keep filming for free. Can I tell you something that translates around the world? You point at testicles and then you make that kind of a pervert laugh. People will be like, oh yeah. All right. I overstayed my welcome. You got the end, right? Say that again, please. Warm beer. All right. Stitch it together, editor. And that is the end of our video. I hope you had a good time because this was a completely surreal experience for me.
I still can't believe I'm here. It's wild. If you ever get a chance to come here, you do, because this place is like another world. It was incredible. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope that we're able to show you a little bit of what it's actually like to come out here and be in this giant, all-encompassing Maasai village. Guys, that's it for this one. Thank you so much for watching. I'll see you next time. Peace. If I'm honest, these hurt my feet so bad. I don't know how people do it. Ah, ow. It's okay. .