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Insect noodles on the menu in Tokyo

Insect noodles on the menu in Tokyo
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One restaurant in Tokyo has decided to showcase how “delicious” it is to eat insects.

Nagi, owned by Yuta Shinohara, served four insect-filled dishes on April 9.

The main dish was an “insect tsukemen”, where customers dip the noodles into the soup of their choice, containing either crickets, grasshoppers or silkworm powder.

Shinohara hopes that through ramen, Japan’s national dish, his restaurant can “spread how fun and delicious it is to eat insects”.

A hundred bowls of bug-filled ramen were served, according to the organisers, and the kitchen had sold out by the end of lunch service.

Insects and bugs are a traditional part of rural Japanese cuisine, but are far less common on plates in urban regions such as Tokyo.