A news feature today talks about a Japanese restaurant which has been open for around six years that offers rare and unusual international meats.
A massive hit with diners, Chinju-ya serves insects, pig's brains (and more intimate parts) lizards and whole chicks, (heads and all and maybe with feathers intact). Understandably, it's not for the faint-hearted. But it's a massive hit with diners and tourists who flock to Yokohama in Japan.
Chinju-ya literally translates to rare beast monger—a fitting name for the restaurant.
The diner's funds need to be in order if they want to try one of the delicacies. About £62 buys them roasted frog, and they'd have to part with £132 for a deep-fried salamander.
Compare this to a meal for a pensioner costing about £5.
Here are some of the selections. See pictures at the Mirror.
But, when it comes to bizarre food, there's nothing like a crunchy insect to put you off your dinner. Here's an excerpt from my early years in Queensland, Australia from my memoirs.
At the local café one evening, I was in for a shock. I waved flies away from my face and looked down. A couple of bluebottles had been cooked with my meal and served up on a greasy plate for my enjoyment. The insects put me off eating the meal of stewed lamb served with potatoes and vegetables. But more shocks waited. In the toilet, a green gecko was adhered to the ceiling right above the pan. I looked down. Two more clung just under the rim. I reported the situation to the others. The locals at the café told me the frogs wouldn't hurt me. But what about the little creatures with their big eyes peering at me? How would they react when warm urine splashed over their slimy bodies? Soon, I couldn't wait any longer. I didn't touch the seat and watched fascinated when I pulled the chain. The flush didn't dislodge them.