Croc Pot

4 Mar


Just because I have a baby doesn’t mean I’ve stopped eating “weird” stuff. All the advice about avoiding spicy or gassy foods while breastfeeding is kind of nonsense, in my opinion (excepting true food sensitivities, obviously). I mean, Indian and Thai babies are breastfed without there being a colic epidemic, and I’m sure their mothers haven’t given up chili. Anyway, Tom visited a crocodile farm-cum-restaurant with his coworker and brought back some things for me to try.

Now, I’ve had alligator before at a Cajun restaurant, in the form of gumbo and battered nuggets, but this was a lot more visceral: crocodile ribs, tail bits, chunks of reptilian fat…Visually, there’s no way around the fact that the animal you are eating is neither fish, fowl, or mammal. The three dishes I tried were croc ribs, croc meat steamed with tofu, and croc a la soy-cooked pork. The flavor of the meat was quite mild, though I wouldn’t say it tasted like chicken, as the texture is somehow…meatier. The bit that gave me the most cognitive challenge was the fat. I’m usually a fan of animal fat (bring on the chicharrones!), but…reptile blubber. More specifically, reptile blubber reheated in the microwave. Actually, it turned out to be pretty tasty, though I was surprised at how much of it there was. I think of crocodiles as being lean, mean, purse-making machines. Maybe these specimens were raised specifically for consumption?

Restoran Crocodile Farm Seafood Village
Jalan SS 12/1
47500 Petaling Jaya


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