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Taco Bell Has A Crayfish Taco In The Works, Here’s What We Know

Fast food seafood items are often not the most buzzworthy, but Taco Bell’s newest item, the Crayfish Taco, delivers BIG on flavor.

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Coming to Taco Bell China locations in August, the crustacean-packed item contains at least a dozen crayfish per taco, making for a pretty hefty amount of seafood inside. The sweetness of the crayfish is matched with a special “crayfish sauce” that repurposes traditional Chinese spices into a taco form.

According to Taco Bell China representatives, the key ingredient inside that crayfish sauce is “十三香 (shí sān xiāng),” which translates to “13 spices.” It’s a unique blend of aromatics that includes Sichuan peppercorn, fennel, galangal, and other ingredients that create a piquant, savory, and intriguing taste.

I had the chance to try the Crayfish Taco at a sneak preview at Taco Bell HQ. Being half Chinese, the taste took me back almost immediately to some of the seafood and pork dishes my family would cook at get-togethers or feast on at seafood banquet restaurants. There’s just enough Sichuan peppercorn to slightly numb your tongue and let you know it’s there, but the other aromatics, especially the white pepper and fennel, come through strong to keep it from being overpowering.

The fact that Taco Bell is willing to take such risks at creating a new seafood item AND utilizing unique Chinese flavors into it shows that they’re thinking way ahead in terms of flavor innovation.

As for the United States, it’s always possible for an international item to one day come to the US (like Nacho Fries just did recently). Only time will tell if the Crayfish Taco will swim onto our shores.

Taco Bell China will start carrying the Crayfish Taco in August as part of a series of new items coming to other Asian locations Taco Bell owns. Other new items will include the Cheesy Taco Melt, aka a “taco sandwich” launching in November in Korea, and a Volcano Naked Chicken Taco, a spicier version of the Naked Chicken Chalupa that will debut in August in Korea.

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Watch This Live Crayfish Rip Off Its Own Arm To Escape A Boiling Hot Pot

Start cooking live shellfish, and chances are they’ll do everything possible to get out of that situation. It’s not that often, though, when a crustacean gets away with its life.

One determined crayfish, went the extra mile to ensure it wouldn’t become dinner. As captured by the above Facebook video, it had managed to avoid joining the rest of its brethren in a fiery hotpot. Part of one of its claws was stuck inside, however, and rather than try to yank it out, the shellfish chose to rip out its entire arm instead. The claw may have been cooked, but at least the crayfish got away from the pot with its life.

Those watching this live crayfish escape may think it was all for naught, since he was still on a dinner table afterward. Upon seeing the gallant act, however, the diner who would’ve feasted upon this crayfish had compassion upon it. According to Nextshark, he took the little guy home, where he currently resides in an aquarium.

For those wondering, the one-armed crustacean won’t stay that way forever. Turns out that crayfish can lose their claws and grow them back several times over. So the price this brave fellow paid to escape being devoured isn’t one he’ll have to bear for the rest of his life.

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IKEA’s Annual Crayfish Buffet Is Back To Celebrate The End Of Summer

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If you’re a fan of all-you-can-eat seafood, or just massive seafood consumption experiences in general, you’re wanna get in on this legit crayfish buffet.

On September 15th, IKEA is bringing their annual seafood smorgasbord back to celebrate the end of summer. Their feast will feature a variety of items to accompany the tasty crustacean, including the chain’s famous Swedish meatballs. Other highlights of the crayfish buffet include mac and cheese, Gravlax, pasta, and potato salads, and more.

If all of those delicacies have you licking your chops, make sure to go buy your tickets early. IKEA locations that are offering up the crayfish experience have already begun selling early bird tickets, and the event tends to fill up fast. Since you’re probably wondering which stores will have the crayfish buffet, we’ve begun to compile a list.

So far, we’ve been able to independently confirm that the following U.S. IKEAs will host a crayfish buffet:

Tempe, Arizona

Costa Mesa, California

New Haven, Connecticut

Schaumburg, Illinois

St. Louis, Missouri

Brooklyn, New York

Long Island, New York

Columbus, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Round Rock, Texas

It’s possible that more locations will join as we get closer to the date, so as this list changes, we will keep you posted. Alternatively, you can also check your local store’s website for potential updates.

For now, if you do live nearby one of those IKEA stores and want in on the crayfish buffet, I’d recommend buying tickets now.


IKEA Celebrating Summer With In-Store Swedish Crayfish Parties

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IKEA’s cafe and restaurant are known for being just as affordable as its furniture (50 cent hot dogs FTW!), but it’s the last place we’d think to go to indulge in a seafood dinner. But just like the Easter themed all-you-can-eat Smörgåsbord the furnture store offered back in March, IKEA is hosting a Swedish Crayfish Party on August 15 at locations nationwide to celebrate the summer season. The crayfish party is a way for the company to pay homage to old Swedish traditions in a fun way for customers.

The IKEA Crayfish Party menu includes an assortment of IKEA favorites such as meatballs with lingonberries and mashed potatoes, along with the summer themed dishes of crayfish (duh), assorted salads, hardboiled eggs with shrimp and mayo (under the sea egg salad?), cheese pie, Najad Salmon with Horseradish or Gravad Lax with Mustard Sauce, various breads and rolls, desserts, and beverages, including everyone’s favorite lingonberry punch.

Seating is limited, because apparently errone wants to get their crayfish on at their local IKEA store, so the company is encouraging interested guests to get their tickets early. IKEA FAMILY members can guarantee themselves a spot at the feast for $9.99 per person or $2.49 for children 12 and under. Non-members can get their tickets for $12.99 for adults and $4.99 for kids 12 and under.

To see if your nearest IKEA store is hosting a Swedish Crayfish Party check out the website’s store locator here. If you can’t make it to the celebration, IKEA stores are also offering a free KRÄFTSKIVA FESTPAKET, aka crayfish party kit, complete with bibs, garland, hats, and a songbook, to every customer that purchases two boxes of IKEA’s KRÄFTOR frozen crayfish.

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