The Moreton Bay bug
), also known as the Bay lobster
, is a species of slipper lobster
found throughout the waters of Australia
's north coast. It is a relatively expensive delicacy served in many restaurants in Queensland
has an Indo-west Pacific distribution, meaning that it is found in the Indian Ocean
and western parts of the Pacific Ocean
. The distribution stretches from the east coast of Africa
to the Red Sea
, southern Asia
as well as the Philippines
and the northern half of the coast of Australia
, including Moreton Bay
, from which it derives its common name
The flesh of the Moreton Bay bug is reported to be unusually versatile, and can be cooked in a variety of ways, including deep-frying, boiling/poaching, steaming, or stir-frying. One common way of preparing this lobster in Thai cuisine is by deep-frying the chopped pieces in a garlic and turmeric flour coating.
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