A ramen shop in central Taiwan sparked intrigue and controversy after unveiling its latest culinary creation.
Hopping on a trend: Yuan Ramen (圓拉麵), a popular ramen shop in Yunlin, recently shared an image on Facebook featuring a whole frog floating in a bowl of noodles.
With the image as a hint, the playful Facebook post asked users to guess the special flavor of their upcoming dish.
Full froggy experience: The restaurant eventually announced on Monday that their unique offering is called “Frog Frog Frog Ramen,” priced at 250 New Taiwan dollars (approximately $8) per bowl.
The announcement emphasized that the frogs used in the dish are presented in their entirety, neither cut nor peeled.
Based on a local delicacy: According to the shop owner, their new ramen was inspired by the viral success of a Taipei restaurant’s isopod ramen last month. She decided to incorporate frogs to put a local spin on the trend since they are commonly consumed in the Yunlin region.
Not for everyone: Offered in extremely limited quantities, the new ramen will only be available on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
For those who simply want to take a photograph of the dish, the shop charges customers a nominal fee of NT$100 ($3.26).
Expanding the menu: Due to the early positive response from diners, the shop’s management is now considering the possibility of permanently adding the Frog Frog Frog Ramen to their menu.
Still, the restaurant assured its Facebook followers on Tuesday that it remains committed to serving its traditional offerings of “the same endless cycle of soup, meat, eggs, and bamboo shoots.”