Waiter, I'll have bugs with my ramen

Curious Japanese foodies queued up outside a Tokyo restaurant on Sunday for a taste of this rare dish - ramen garnished with deep-fried worms and crickets. Within about four hours, the Ramen Nagi restaurant sold out the 100 bowls of "insect tsukemen" noodles it had prepared for Sunday's single-day event. The noodles were topped with about a dozen small crickets and mealworms, which customers then dipped into soups flavoured with crickets, grasshoppers or silkworm powder.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2017, with the headline 'Waiter, I'll have bugs with my ramen'. Print Edition | Subscribe