Of course I couldn’t travel halfway around the world and not try this exotic snack. You just can’t find a good bugs in Milwaukee, so i partook in a sampling of all that the bug lady’s cart had to offer.
1st course: Grass hopper
The grass hoppers were crisp and crunchy, close to the insect version pop corn. If you don’t think about it they are actually pretty good. They are well seasoned with a salty and spicy mixture.
2nd Course: Silk worm
This one was a little tough for me, mostly because hey weren’t dried like the others. The worms were still wormy, with a white goo still in them. Remember those snacks “Gushers” you had growing up? Yeah it was like that, but in a really bad flavor.
3rd Course: Locust
These are the big guys! Very similar to the grass hopper, except its a mouthful.
Dessert: Ant Salad
The salad is served in a little plastic baggie with a spoon. They are scooped into the bag and then with a small squirt bottle they are covered with a blend of soy sauce & other herbs. There must have been a lot of Thai lime leaf in there too because it had a really nice limey taste. Again if you didn’t know they were bugs, you could eat a whole bag no problem. In fact I was part of they clean bag club that night!
If you find yourself in Bangkok don’t miss your chance to push your limits with some tasty bugs!
Tip: Find the bug cart that the locals are going to, not the ones parked on the roads for tourist shock.