Ramen is becoming more and more popular around the world. It is a noodle dish of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a rich broth. Common flavours are soy sauce and miso, and common toppings include sliced pork, dried seaweed, bamboo shoots and spring onions. A restaurant in Taiwan has added a new ingredient – a crocodile foot. The Witch Cat Kwai restaurant in Yunlin has named its dish "thick witch crocodile ramen". Photos of the ramen have gone viral on social media. Internet users are calling it "Godzilla ramen". The restaurant's owner told CNN Travel that the ramen is very popular. There is a long waiting list to eat at the restaurant. It is fully booked until the end of August.
The Godzilla ramen is not cheap. One bowl costs about $50. The chef said the soup and the crocodile foot take about three hours to cook. He prepares just 10 feet a day. The chef uses 40 types of fresh ingredients. First, he cleans the foot and rubs it with alcohol. Then, he covers it with a variety of spices. Finally, he puts the foot in the ramen broth for two hours. The owner said some customers were "afraid" to try the dish. However, many others really want to try it. The chef said: "A lot of customers say crocodile meat tastes like chicken, but it is more springy, soft and elastic than chicken." In Taiwan, it is legal to farm and eat crocodiles that are not protected species.
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