GIANT SEAFOOD on Africa’s Biggest Island Catch and Cook with Primitive Technology

good morning everybody we have finally made it here to mana Cara we are on the beach because today is all about seafood in Madagascar mana Cara is a coastal fishing town in the beautiful country of Madagascar in the distance a giant stone pier a reminder of the French occupation in Madagascar not so long ago this was a build that during the colonial time now it's broken and the don't use it anymore the huge ships that once docked here are in stark contrast to the primitive technology still used by locals today now people are using two small canoe so when they're landing they just like go through the beach directly the Malagasy people still approach fishing the same way they would have hundreds of years ago small wooden boats many carved by hand set forth into the sea with one mission bring home as much seafood as possible today we're joining local fishermen on the beach how long have you been fishing on the beach in this way since I was born getting a look at today's catch it's a test like a shark and cooking a giant seafood feast fit to feed a village I kind of get why some of the adults want to eat first so grab a coffee and your two best fish friends today we're doing seafood Madagascar style what are we doing with that guy right there what's the plan we're good here in front of us in front of us [Music] holding sea life from the ocean is a daily routine here and almost all of it will go to market your daily wages are directly linked to your daily effort plus a whole lot of luck so right down here they've just brought in a net on this whole part of the beach they're not even fishing this is just like the netting section let's go see what they got [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] you can see over here they are uncovering the net but inside you see tons of these tiny fish so I mean since they're so close to the shore I think they just get kind of a small return which ones do you try to say for yourself to eat they just try to sell all of it to if there is some left over think that's the one that they can I know the specimens are small the variety is huge jellyfish crabs tiny minnows and the smilin skates the second option deep-sea fishing some fishermen leave around 1 or 2 a.m. paddle into the darkness set hooks and wait the fishermen start rolling back in around 9 a.m. and the result usually much bigger fish well what a catch you got here there's a lot of Lobster in here there's some shrimp are they still alive they're like really have the way to kill it because of the way jumping out of what time did you go out this morning at 2:00 a.m. how far out are they going at least four kilometer and they can't go further so can they still see the shore well they're out there they can see but not really clear water sounds a little scary do you ever worry one day you'll just wash up on a different Shore and have to start a new life with a new family yeah I was like okay okay are you family to be pretty pissed if you didn't this is Alan I've agreed to buy everything he's caught today and he's agreed to invite me to his village where it all gets cooked we've got a big family to feed so I want to see how the other fishermen fared this one [Music] [Music] right where the beach meets the river returning fishermen parked their boats and display their catch look at this this is the most insane crab I've ever seen it it is like a felt material all around this crab he's still alive but he's kind of giving up the fight please don't be endangered we are gonna buy it and maybe we eat it or maybe it's a new pet there's a little like mini stop right here little convenience store this pop-up Beach Cafe offers wery cement some coffee and fried bread selamat how'd you do today I look at this they got some big fish looks good looks good seafood economics 101 this woman has already agreed to buy all the seafood this fisherman brings in from here she takes it to market ma'am what if I told you you could sell one of these tunas right now Oh oh good I'm happy to do that how much for one of these guys one kilo he's 8,000 where will you check the weight oh you know what I wish my girlfriend had a fish scale in her purse one two three four four point five yeah it's about ten dollars usually they're gonna sell this at the market they're gonna bump up the price but we're getting kind of the fresh-off-the-boat price right now [Music] [Music] [Music] this is Alan's village a complex of homes housing his extended family the village elders gather round to give their blessings and welcome us thank you of course the best way to welcome guests is with booth jeez are you okay this is illegal rum much cheaper than legal rum and stronger to that rum could power attract her honestly the men catch the food and the ladies cook the food breadfruit gets peeled along with cassava peanuts get crushed seafood is washed and Angelo shucks some oysters guys I give him about five dollars and this is what he came back with look at that that is incredible taught by hand and flavored with sweet or spicy vinegar sauce this is fresh whoa whoa that is potent like salty but I love the flavor is it from the river or from the ocean from the meeting of the river and the sea you can without vinegar to you I'll just try it playing this time mmm very naturally salty and it has kind of like a river II flavor but an ocean salt flavor - that's very delicious you're a great waster guide I'll tell you that today I'll be witness to some of the best flavors in Madagascar boiled greens mashed cassava with peanuts mash breadfruit spiny lobster that giant tuna from the beach shrimp ease another villager even sold me this rainbow lobster for $5 that's crazy then there's this potentially endangered crab that I have never seen before have you tried eating it before jung-hee didn't eat it yet not so much people I like eating it so what would they normally do it they caught it it's just like throw it back this might be your lucky day little guy cassava is tough growing easily in sandy soil with little rain also it's delicious after it boils for about 30 minutes it's mashed along with some crushed peanuts this is the cassava it mixed with some peanut you can see some specs of the peanut in there a cassava and actually it's kind of like purplish you almost to this sauce in here making kind of a mashed cassava potato you ready ready mmm that's really good machito mmm like nice hearty kind of chewy cassava and then the sauce is almost become like a gravy in there mmm really simple really good have you guys ever seen the breadfruit because this is a breadfruit boiled and mashed with a pinch of salt the only question is how do I get these in Minnesota nice and steamy they look so good here we go mmm that one's very creamy it's almost like a gravy with a bunch of a corn starch but that's just all bread fruit and little bit of salt Charlie's is the executive chef and this is her diligent cooking team right now she's directing seafood preparation the shrimp's are sauteed with onion and tomato topped with cassava leaves and boiled in water the tuna cut into sections tossed in a hot steel pot and topped with fried onion tomato and salt then steamed until it's cooked through finally the lobster we're getting the spiny lobsters ready just kind of cutting it right down the center yeah because they're like going to grill it so it's better like to cut a big the shell how do you handle the smoke are you cooking breakfast lunch and dinner here each day I mean it must take forever cooking must just be an all-day job because you literally have to start a fire three times a day right [Music] and was in that moment I realized something I said struck a nerve with Charlize [Music] she crying cause of the lack of free time or is it maybe the smoke charlisse you have outdone yourself he can hardly relax right now she can't stop directing the meal service typically the men are served first then children then the remaining is mixed in a bowl than eaten by the ladies I've asked Charlize to join us so this may be the first time she's eating her own delicious cooking while it's still hot okay thank you look at these cute little spoons okay could you make me a fork out of our banana leaf as well I feel kind of know who see them knew zhenya yeah I need a fork this is it guys what a tremendous effort he was out since 1:00 a.m. catching all this food right here orchestrating all this cooking Joel telling me what the heck is going on the whole time and now the moment is come we are ready to eat can we do this let's do it let's do it oh so look at this everyone's going for this one right away that is the cassava with some peanut in there mmm this is kind of a soup made with shrimp Peas so I'm getting some leaves a little bit of broth it's working it's staying in the spoon hmm sod up a wonderful shrimp essence and then a nice oily profit especially the leaves it's a bit our locality visit we just call it like hot leaves hot lives yes are you something you just made that up you know I it's hard it's a leaf ha leaves can I eat the tuna with my head it's still warm Wow it is so juicy and they cooked it just in the pot with 10 spices some salt and tomato it's just nice natural fatty juices oh look the kids are eating now [Music] [Music] have you ever seen a lobster this big this is the normal size oh look at this some me came out immediately from the body with some head butter on the edge there wow this is one of the media's lobsters I've ever seen is this okay yeah this half can I share this with you this is some of the best friendship seafood I've had in a long time although an insane amount of work but the product is well worth it Charlie's meat sub truck oh so good we're gonna make sure everyone else gets fed we're gonna make sure the camera guys get fed before we finished today there is one more thing I have to do [Applause] [Music] well little buddy it was good to meet you you just seem too special to eat it's been a fulfilling day but it's time that I let you go after further research it turns out that was a Chinese mitten crap and invasive species literally the worst thing I could have done was throwing it back in the water don't be afraid this is where misplaced compassion gets you so my men you've been an amazing guide thank you so much major joel is actually with remark tour Madagascar would have been so much more difficult for us to navigate and figure out but with them we've set up the perfect itinerary and had so many great experiences and I highly recommend them also this video was made possible by one trip Vietnam one trip is the highest rated to accompany in Vietnam doing tours from north to south in all major cities including Hanoi new Chiang Da Nang poem and Saigon you can experience food tours adventure tours and more to learn more about one trip check out the links in the description down below I will see you next time a piece no no as my crab by good luck [Music] [Applause]