Up in Parker County Texas, near Weatherford, Bob Payne has a 300 acre spread off Peaster Hwy devoted to the care and nurturing of a herd of Tibetan yaks. Payne is also a board member of The International Yak Association, a concern devoted to the history, breeding, exhibition, publicity, sale and improvements of the breed.
Yaks are magnificent creatures. They also happen to be delicious. One of our best friends, a chef and world traveler, upon returning from a visit to Tibet, claimed that a plate of yak dumplings he ate in Nepal was the best food he’d ever eaten.
A decade later he still stands by that claim.
While healthful cooking is not our raison d’etre, yak meat is undeniably good for you. The flesh is dark red, and higher in protein, minerals, and vitamins than beef. It’s also much lower in saturated fats.
Most citizens of the Himalayas eat it as jerky, air dried at that staggering altitude
Yaks make incredible dairy creatures. Their butter is used to fuel lamps and is used as a cold cream on Tibetan faces as a moisturizer. The cheese, when smoked, can last for a hundred years! Yak milk has twice the fat of cow’s milk.
For the last 13 years, Bob Payne of Texas Yaks has been quietly building his herd, and spreading the gospel of the breed. Here in Austin you can find the meat on the menu at Hudson’s On The Bend, the most famous fine dining source of exotic meats in the state of Texas.
When we began planning our Feast On Exotic Meats pop up we were determined to feature yak meat. We just had no idea that we’d find it in Weatherford Texas.
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