Thursday, August 30, 2007

Yak-Yak-Yak







Not pertaining to incessant talking, but the real thing-the 6 foot tall bovine, weighing in at one ton! I did not get to see any yaks, much to my disappointment, however, if I had, more than likely it would have been a cross between a bull and a yak....(a yabull?) and not quite the same color as the wild yak which is usually found in colors of black or gray.

The yak in the Tibetan plains has decreased sharply to only about 15,000-I don't know how they manage to keep such an accurate count with that number. I sure saw my fill of yak meat along the streets in Tibet! I had no idea how vital this animal is to the people in Tibet~


Hardly any part of the yak is wasted when killed. The heart is used for local medicines and the dung, for fuel. Tibetans rely on the yak for milk used in making butter and tea. The butter is used in tea-that's right, gives it a lot of yakkie flavoring- and in butter lamps that are found in the monistaries. Yak hair is woven into rope. The wool is used to make blankets and even tents. The hide is used for the soles of the Tibetan boots. Oh, did I mention yak beer? Oh yeah, I tried it........ with the yak burger and fries! Time for me to stop my yaking!

11 comments:

Mimi said...

Amazing! Yak butter in tea? Interesting.

A very clever post, Jan.

K & S said...

how about a bull-ya? and yak tea? wow! you have the most fascinating adventures.

Lydia said...

Is that the Potala Palace? I've always wanted to go there.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

That made me laugh! Great post - Fascintating too!

A boy at school used to call me Yak, I hope he meant I talked too much!

Jann said...

Lydia! That is exactly where this is. It is a spectacular sight from up on top!
Mimi-the tea was not at all greasy, and really not that good, I thought....

Simona said...

A funny post. I like the photo of the butter and would like to visit that Palace too.

katiez said...

I've heard of yak-butter tea! I did not hear good things about it, though!
Great post!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I knew I wanted to go to Tibet! Great photos.
Yak butter in tea - well I'd have to try it but it doesn't bring a pretty picture to mind.

Christine said...

I got a great yuk from this yak post, Jann! :)

tongue in cheek said...

Now that is something to Yak about!

L Vanel said...

So how did the yak buger taste? A lamp of butter. What an image. I think I'll work it into a story.