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Dave, if fishing bad, and they can't get their hands on some fish heads, the Chinese really enjoy this stuff......You sneak up while they're day-sleeping and bushwack'em in the head with a small hammer, easy supper. If the little fella has a cough and runny nose boil him an extra 10 minutes.


History of Fruit Bat Soup

Fruit bat

To understand the history of fruit bat soup, it’s important to first touch on the tropical island Palau, where the dish originates from.

Historically, Palau’s protein came almost exclusively from fish. Over time, it became a country with some exquisite seafood. This became a little too tedious and limiting, however, as there were few meat options apart from fish. Therefore, many people in the region took to eating bats as an alternate source of protein.

The small fruit bats, that the dish consists of, reside in forested areas at the top of trees.  While most kinds of bats eat insects, fruit bats consume wild fruits, flowers and nectar as their main diet, and hence help with the distribution of seeds during the process.

Fruit bat soup has historically been the staple of the locals’ diet in Palau. However, it is now seen as more of a delicacy.

Fruit bat soup also has a history with Micronesia, Guam and Africa. In fact, in Guam, fruit bat soup is an ancient delicacy that’s unfortunately not widely available anymore because the flying fox bat species were made extinct through extensive hunting. 

How Exactly Does Fruit Bat Soup Taste?

The aesthetic of this dish might not be the most appealing – but is the taste worth it? Well, there are polarized opinions on that! While some people find the blend of flavors to be out-of-the-world delicious, others are just underwhelmed!

If we were to draw equivalents, the flavor of Fruit bat soup is (somewhat) similar to chicken soup. Since the bats are clean animals that live solely on fruits, young leaves and nectar – their meat tastes wickedly sweet. And it makes for an interesting dish! 


The broth of fruit bat soup is made by washing a bat and throwing it in boiling water, fur included! After it’s been cooked for a while, the bat is taken out of the water and cooked with ginger and coconut milk.

Other spices as well as vegetables can be added as an addition to the core recipe. Many people prefer to skin the bat and remove the fur to get to the meat. However, the real way is to chew the bat, suck out the meat and then discard the remaining fur.



Fruit Bat Soup Recipe


  • 1 Large fruit bat
  • 2 Medium donni sali (hot peppers)
  • 1 Chopped white onion
  • 5 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 cans Coconut milk unsweetened


For the hot sauce

  1. In a sauce bowl, mix 2 tsp lemon juice and 5 tbsp. soy sauce with chopped onion.

  2. Then, add chopped Donni Sali (hot pepper) to your tastes.

For the bat soup

  1. In a large pot, boil the whole fruit bat in water for around 120 minutes, until the skin of the fruit bat is tender enough to tear through. 

  2. Remove water. Add coconut milk to the fruit bat with a pinch of salt to taste.

  3. Cook for a further 10 minutes. Serve with hot sauce (covered above) and cooked rice.

  4. Voilà! Your fruit bat soup is ready to serve. 


Edited by Mack Technician
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5 minutes ago, davehummell said:

 Deep fry that bat up and give it a new name and it would be just like chicken wings come up with some different condiments to dip it into everyone would want them.

If you go ahead and deep fry......….. from the look of that fella you could make some battered Rocky Mt Oysters for the neighbor who's been parking on your lawn. Mystery meat with a side ranch dip.

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