Puppies are on the menu at a restaurant in Taiwan. The tiny Shar-Pei pups look almost too real to eat, but they’re made with chocolate, milk tea, or peanut-flavored ice cream.
“I feel sorry for him, because he has been made to look very lifelike,” said Mia Hsu, a 24-year-old customer, pointing to her wrinkly-faced order. “It is as if a real dog is lying here. And I feel like cutting into him will hurt him; I feel a bit sorry.”
J.C. Co Art Kitchen, in the southern city of Kaohsiung, has been serving these treats since July, making them in puppy-shaped molds with a special recipe that creates a hair-like frost on top of the ice cream.
The ice cream is frozen at minus 30 degrees Celsius, so it keeps its shape long enough for staff to color the puppies’ eyes with chocolate sauce before their wrinkled features start melting away.
Each puppy ice cream takes about five hours to make. Customers can devour the small ones for about $3.50 and the larger ones for $5.90.
Thanks to social media, the restaurant is struggling to keep up with demand, as they can only make 100 per day.