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Jakarta Post

Food they crave

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, April 4 2010   /  09:54 am

One Sunday night, Dicha was watching a show on television when a man in a button-up blue-striped shirt and black pants entered the restaurant where Dicha worked as a cashier.Coming with his son and daughter, the man, Johannes, told Dicha, “I want a portion of Asian soft-shelled turtle to take away.”“How do you like the meat to be cooked?” Dicha, 26, replied. The restaurant offers soft-shelled turtle in three cooking, soup, fried and satay.Johannes said he wanted it in a soup. Around 15 minutes later, a waiter brought a plastic bag of soft-shelled turtle soup. Those who eat turtle meat say it tastes more or less like chicken.“It really does taste like chicken meat only smoother,” Johannes, said, adding that he also enjoys snake meat, especially python. “Because it has a lot of meat,” he said.Asian soft-shelled turtle, or bulus, is one of several unusual meats served at the...