Rats are invading Russian restaurants– but don’t obses, they’re not on the storey, they’re just on the menu.
This fall, the meat from nutria, a large, orange-toothed rodent also known as coypu or river rats, is being served up in gourmet burgers. The furry animals, found in southern Russia, are currently available at several eateries in Moscow in dishes like burgers and sausages, The Guardian reports.
The recently opened Krasnodar Bistro, headed by chef and restaurateur Takhir Kholikberdiev, is serving up a sandwich the Guardian describes as “pale, juicy and moderately bland, somewhere between turkey and pork. It came in a soft bun, with plenty of relish and served on a chopping board.”
Its a really clean animal, Kholikberdiev said. Not only is it a herbivore but it washes all its food before it eats. And its the highest in omega-3 acids. A lot of doctors and dietitians recommend it.
Like many rodents, nutrias reproduce at a fast rate, attaining them an easy and cheap animal to farm– and keep up a steady supply.
In the 1990 s, the animal was utilized a cheap substitute for traditional coat coats. The excess carcasses led to the consumption of the animal’s meat, the chef said.
Kholikberdiev also says the quality of nutria stimulates it easier to cook and more difficult to dry out is comparable to other, traditionally bred proteins like chicken. Its so simple, in fact, that the chef has incorporated the animal into a series of different menu items including a nutria hotdog, nutria dumplings and nutria wrap in cabbage leaves.
But will nutria unseat other unconventional proteins taking other eateries by cyclone? Crickets, traditionally had participated in Mexican dishes, offer more than twice the protein in beef and contain all nine essential amino acids, according to Mens Health.
Maybe they could be using as a topping for the next Nutria burger, instead.
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