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After the launch of durian ramen in Malaysia, we thought we'd seen it all.
Lo and behold, we were wrong.
Taipei ramen joint, The Ramen Boy (拉麵公子), has upped the game with something straight out of the "Alien" franchise.
On May 22, The Ramen Boy made a Facebook post celebrating the launch of their limited edition isopod ramen.
Priced at a hefty NT$1,480 (S$64.74), the dish is made by first removing the intestines of the isopod before steaming it.
"The white meat tastes like lobster and crab... the yellow glands taste like crab roe," the restaurant offered helpfully.
Isopods cooked in the noodle bar were fished from the waters surrounding Dongsha Islands, southwest of Kaohsiung.
The restaurant's excitement to get their hands on the creature was palpable.
They dubbed it their "dream ingredient".
What the heck is that?
For those who didn't know of isopods before this, here's a quick zoology lesson.
First of all, yes, they exist.
They were actually the subject of an internet meme for awhile.
An isopod is a crustacean closely related to woodlice.
While some species of isopods can be found on land, the ones served by The Ramen Boy are aquatic, mostly lurking on the seabed or the bottom of freshwater water bodies.
These alien-like critters have light-sensitive eyes, making them mostly nocturnal and even spawning a new cultural phrase.
Top images via 拉麵公子/Facebook
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