Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Eating Insects in Bangkok


“You want to get bugs?”

And this is why my travel blogger friends are awesome!

It was my first sweltering night in Bangkok, and I was spending it on Thanon Rambutri, drinking Chang beer with two of my travel blogger friends: Pamela of Spunky Girl Monologues and Matt of Backpacking Matt.

Pamela had been living in Bangkok for the past few weeks.  Matt and I had been there for less than 24 hours.  So, predictably, we jumped into our new surroundings with gusto.  Pamela encouraged us to try mango sticky rice, possibly one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten.

Bugs, though, were another situation entirely.

We found a vendor at the end of the street selling locusts, crickets, and a variety of other insects.  Pamela refused to eat them, but offered to take photos and video.

Did seeing these scare us away?  No way!

Cringing, Matt and I each put a whole cricket into our mouths.  No nibbling allowed!

They were crunchy.  Not super flavorful, but the sauce the woman sprayed on them was good.

The verdict?  Kind of good, actually.

I tried another.  Really good, actually.

Who knew that crickets would taste so good?!  You can’t make a meal out of them, since there’s so little substance to them, but they’re fun to try.  I can’t say the same for the other insects, which had the texture and flavor of plastic straws.

Just be sure you don’t get the legs stuck in your teeth!

The video:


38 Responses to “Eating Insects in Bangkok”
  1. Sally says:

    Wow. You really are bad ass.

  2. Annie says:

    Woohoo! Go Kate! What a perfect start to your trip! 🙂

  3. Amanda says:

    Mmmm. Haha. Dunno if I could munch on bugs… but kudos to you guys! Looks like you had fun.

  4. Norbert says:

    LMAO… your face is hilarious… Tasty and crunchy, eh? I’m pretty sure I had that same face when I tried them.

  5. Emily S. says:

    Yeah! Go Kate!

    I mean, I’m completely disgusted, but way to live up to ‘Adventurous Kate’ 🙂

  6. OMG…this is great! I don’t know if I could do it–well, maybe if I’d had a few drinks. I think I’d have to be…in the right frame of mind.

    Good for you–and thanks for the final tip. I’ll be sure to bring dental floss–just in case!

  7. Jenny says:

    Ugh. I don’t know if I could do it.

  8. oooooo. You lot have more guts then I do. I wouldn’t be able to do that without hurling!!

  9. Wow. You just jumped right in there, didn’t you?

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  11. Emily says:

    Oh my….you’re a brave one! That mango sticky rice looks delish, but I don’t think I could bring myself to eating bugs. Glad to hear they were tasty, though! I have a friend who went to China recently, and saw scorpions on skewers at one of the markets. Yikes!

  12. Colleen says:

    Um, how are we related? I won’t even eat Balsamic Vinagerette.

  13. Jill says:

    Oh my ! Jumping crickets. Jimminy would be PO’d, you eating his family. Hope you have your mint flavored dental Floss. So what do you wash insects down with?

  14. Holly says:

    hey kate!

    kudos to you for eating the bug I don’t know if I could have done it rock on! I miss you glad you are having a blast in Bangkok 🙂


  15. Theodora says:

    We did the cricket thing in Laos! Surprisingly nice. But we didn’t try the big ones they sell from brochettes on the buses. Looked like they might be a little, well, meaty for the falang…

  16. Rease says:

    I think i would try crickets, but locusts are a no-go for me. I assume it’s all in the sauce anyway. Also, this is totally a traveling only thing. You know if someone offered you bugs in your hometown you’d be totally appalled. I support your travel spirit.

  17. David Webb says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me! I ate those things and they tasted like rotten hay… or at least what I imagine rotten hay to taste like.
    Made for a cool photo though. 😉

  18. Hi Kate, I’m jealous of you, insects-> the good food. I also hope once again to go to Bangkok.
    Good luck on your journey.

  19. Well done for being so brave 🙂

    We tried crickets for the first time a few weeks back in Siem Reap, Cambodia. They were pretty good. At the same time I tried a cockroach. That wasn’t so good.

  20. Dan Williams says:

    I’ve always wanted to try some insects. They reckon when the world gets even more greedier we’ll have to resort to mass farming insects to survive….Nice post anyway, very brave.

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    I will make certain to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back in the foreseeable future.
    I want to encourage one to continue your great writing, have a nice weekend!

  22. Julia says:

    I absolutely loved reading and watching this! So far from browsing through your blog I’ve found that you’ve checked off two of my travel objectives: get naked in public and eat bugs. I can’t wait to get out of
    my comfort zone. My adventure starts next summer, thank you so much for being an inspiration for a fellow aspiring solo female traveler!

  23. Brad Bernard says:

    I love this! So glad you got to try new foods. I’ve tried some crazy stuff, but my favorite bug by far has been tarantula in Cambodia. Tastes just like soft-shelled crab… but hairy!

  24. I’m headed to Bangkok with my 16 year old daughter in 3 weeks and we want to experience everything, from the fish sucking our toes (maybe not?) to eating bugs! Ugh! I want this to be exciting for both of us, but at the same time, I don’t want to get sick either. Do you think we should go for it? Also, I wanted to say how excited I am to be seeing you this weekend at WITS Boston. I’m just starting out in this crazy world of blogging and I’d love to learn from the best!!

  25. Monica says:

    Poor creatures! They don’t deserve to be treated like that by humans in search of adventure.

  26. Gary says:

    LOl Great Article

    i have to admit,,, i would if they were covered in chocolate,

  27. Natalie says:

    LOL! Yowza – I can imagine that it would seem like eating plastic straws. 🙂 Until this post, I considered myself an adventuresome eater. I like to try the local fare, but….so far….this has not included insects and I’m not sure I could!!

    We always travel with the kids and sometimes include the aunt/grandmother in our family travels. There are varying degrees of ‘adventuresome’ eating in our group – from my husband and aunt who will try most anything to our son who has a very narrow idea of what should be eaten. 🙂

    Travel is a great benefit to children with new experiences to wrap little brains around. Being exposed to new things are valuable. Also…watching how this is normal to others…is another layer of exposure. Maybe you don’t think eating insects is normal, but there is a great big world out there and it includes some people who DO think insects are food. Raising global citizens who have a concept of looking outside themselves….is a GREAT gift for your child = and the world.

    Maybe one day….. insects will be on my menu. 🙂

  28. Maddie says:

    • So adventurous! Thanks for sharing. Next time you’re in Vietnam you should try silk worms!

  29. Have you really been to South East Asia if you have not eaten a few insects? We had a guide in Laos who ate them because he actually liked them. I tried a cotton worm and hated it but the guide said it tasted better with rice. More fool me, I tried another…. It was just as bad!


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