Monkey gland sauce

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Monkey gland sauce is a restaurant item in South Africa. The tangy sauce is prepared in several manners, and may include a blend of fruit[1] and spices.[1] It is typically served with meats,[2] such as steak,[3] hamburgers, pork ribs or chicken. Several popular South African fast food chains serve a monkey gland burger.

Despite the name, the sauce does not involve monkeys in any way.[4] Instead, it is made up of chopped onion, garlic and ginger, with a combination of chutney, soy sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and wine. When the sauce was developed, there was much speculation in the popular medical press regarding the use of monkey glands as a means of keeping young due to the pseudoscience of Russian quack doctor Serge Voronoff.

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  1. ^ a b Pienaar, p. 29.
  2. ^ Gold 2008, p. 118–.
  3. ^ Sellick 2010, p. 214.
  4. ^ Raichlen 2010, p. 254.


  • Gold, Scott (2008). The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers. Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-0-7679-2922-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Pienaar, Heilie (2003). Karan Beef Cookbook. Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-838-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Raichlen, Steven (2010). Planet Barbecue!: 309 Recipes, 60 Countries. Workman Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7611-4801-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Sellick, Will (2010). The Imperial African Cookery Book: Recipes from English-speaking Africa. Jeppestown Press. ISBN 978-0-9553936-8-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)