Smoked Pork Loin Strips

Carne de Chango

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Appears in
Zarela's Veracruz: Mexico's Simplest Cuisine

By Zarela Martínez

Published 2001

  • About

Carne de Chango, or Carne de Mono, literally means “monkey meat.” Some say that at one time this famous smoked specialty of the Catemaco area was made from local monkeys. That may be — the only monkeys now left in the region are a colony of Asian macaques imported from Thailand by University of Veracruz behavioral scientists, who supervise them on an island in the lake. Today the “monkey meat” is pork. Even the name has turned into just carne ahumada (smoked meat) on most rest