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!