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Old 04-16-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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fried bugs as a nutritious and tasty snack!



Last month I was in Bangkok, Thailand to attend CITES CoP 16. One free afternoon (my only free afternoon) I took the skytrain out to the Chatuchak (weekend) market—the biggest weekend market in the world. This market is incredible: it is HUGE (according to Wikipedia it covers over 35 acres and contains more than 5,000 stalls); it’s CROWDED. It’s a vast labyrinth of stalls, tiny shops and carts selling absolutely everything. It’s chaotic, confusing and utterly fascinating. I spent a couple of hours going through the live animals and tropical fish area.

The afternoon I was there the temperature was 35°C (95°F) and 100% humidity (or so it felt) and in the market there wasn’t a breath of air. After a couple hours I was absolutely dying—I desperately needed air conditioning, a shower and a gallon of water to drink. When I exited the market I came across a cheerful vendor who was selling a variety of fried insects as tasty snacks! I took the opportunity to take a few photos for my blog before I dashed back to the hotel to cool off...

Below is a nice photo of the vendor and a couple of examples of what he had to offer.

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vender close copyright ernie cooper 2013_filtered by ernie.cooper, on Flickr

grasshoppers 3 copyright ernie cooper 2013_filtered sm by ernie.cooper, on Flickr


pupae copyright ernie cooper 2013_filtered sm by ernie.cooper, on Flickr
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:25 AM   #2
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I've tried candied bugs, but I don't think I'd ever try fried roaches!
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:04 AM   #3
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Bugs are good and they are supposed to be VERY tasty. I love those 'strange food' shows and I have a very diverse taste for food, but I just can not get over the legs.

I'm highly jealous of your Thailand trip and would love to go over and check it out. I'm a total foody and would probably eat myself to death :P
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I'd love to move to Thailand and become a raw food vegan. So much awesome produce over there for pennies on the dollar what we pay.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:27 AM   #5
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I've had mealworms before. I wouldn't eat them as a snack everyday, but they really were not bad.
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During the fall semester at SUNY Oswego, a girl in my class was also taking entemology. As a project on how the world sees food, she made chocolate chip cookies with fried crickets in them and brought them in for us to try. She took a survey of how we felt before eating them and another after we ate them, to see if our feelings changed.
I thought it was very cool and would not mind trying other foods with insects in them, but I don't think I could eat them straight by themselves.
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It's only a matter of time before this enters the mainstream here in the West. The price of beef keeps increasing, the land required to raise it is disappearing, and once people have been around it as a food source, it won't be a big deal.

That said, I'm sticking to my steaks and hamburgers for the time being.
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It's only a matter of time before this enters the mainstream here in the West. The price of beef keeps increasing, the land required to raise it is disappearing, and once people have been around it as a food source, it won't be a big deal.

That said, I'm sticking to my steaks and hamburgers for the time being.
very true!
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I bet they taste like chicken
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I bet they taste like chicken
No wonder why I hate chicken. Not only are they fowl they taste like bugs.
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No wonder why I hate chicken. Not only are they fowl they taste like bugs.
You don't like chicken?? Blasphemer!

I've been to Bangkok a few times, but could never bring myself to eat the bugs. I guess I'm just weak, and spoiled with chickens. They probably are tasty though. Thai food is some of the best in the world.
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Bugs are good and they are supposed to be VERY tasty. I love those 'strange food' shows and I have a very diverse taste for food, but I just can not get over the legs.

I'm highly jealous of your Thailand trip and would love to go over and check it out. I'm a total foody and would probably eat myself to death :P
The food in Thailand is SOOOO good! Both times I have been there I have gained weight!

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I have eaten mealworms, grasshoppers and ant eggs in Mexico (put it in a tortilla with enough salsa and guacamole and I can eat anything). I’m not so sure about eating those pupae though... LOL. But he was also offering huge (3-4") fried giant water bugs and deep-fried fledgling birds (I have a couple of photos on my blog)—now those were intimidating!!

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Old 04-17-2013, 11:20 PM   #14
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I once ate a cricket cookie, it was delicious. I have also eaten many other kinds of bugs too when I lived in Mexico. I really want to take a trip back their as their was a wide variety of animals. Their was a waterfall nearby where I lived and you would see tadpoles in the small ponds. We found a small field of venus flytraps and alot of other cool plants too! Ahh, the memories of home.
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You don't like chicken?? Blasphemer!

I've been to Bangkok a few times, but could never bring myself to eat the bugs. I guess I'm just weak, and spoiled with chickens. They probably are tasty though. Thai food is some of the best in the world.
Blasphemy was the first thought in my head as well! Lol

I've tried candied insects and it honestly didn't taste like much. I'd give it a go. I do draw a line at spiders and cockroaches.
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