During my trip to Japan it turned out that my Tokyo hotel was really close to a restaurant called “Rice and Circus”. It specializes in game meat from all over the world, served in a Japanese style. This was a heavenly coincidence for me, on which a few more entries will follow. First up, croc. Crocodile is one of those unusual cuts of meat that is actually more common than one might think. It’s not at all the difficult to get a hold of in the States, or for examples South Africa, yet it was new to me. I guess in Europe we don’t really eat much of it.
I had heard most people say before that crocodile tastes just like chicken, with a few people claiming it to taste a little fishy. I’m not the biggest fish lover, but I thought I could handle it. The croc here was served tempura style, meaning it was battered and fried. I did think it similar to chicken, not because it tasted similar, but because both don’t have much of a flavor to begin with. Chicken breast that is. There was no distinct flavor here, certainly not fishy. What was a little different was the texture. Although similar to chicken, it was a little chewier. Not exactly tough, but with a bit of a bite. Crocodile with a bite, go figure.
Fear Factor – 2 / Taste Test – 8