View Poll Results: What's your favorite edible insect?

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  • Giant Water Bug

    1 7.69%
  • Silkworm Pupae

    1 7.69%
  • Mole Crickets

    2 15.38%
  • Water Beetles

    0 0%
  • White Crickets

    1 7.69%
  • Brown Crickets

    0 0%
  • Bamboo Caterpillars

    1 7.69%
  • Bombay Locusts

    0 0%
  • Buggery is not part of my lifestyle.

    7 53.85%
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    Insects as Thai Food

    Edible Forest Insects


    I do not really like to eat most insects. If they're fried till crunchy with a little salt and red pepper, they make a good snack with beer. But otherwise, unless just not to appear to be rude, I don't eat them. Especially those wet, slimey wormy things. The thought is enough to make me gag. Just looking at a pot of boiling silk worm pupae brings on that involuntary reflex.





    It seems that, when in Thailand, I am daily being offered a plate of insects. My brother-in-law raises crickets and some other unidentified bug. So, not being an expert on anything, but particularly not insects, I thought a little research into if insects should be eaten, was in order. It's big business in Thailand. Supposedly, over 20,000 families raise bugs commercially for food.


    Apparently, they are an excellent food, if properly prepared. Their nutritive value is as good as or better than other animals or plants. Preparation can be a little tricky, though. Dung beetles, which live in the stuff, need to be placed in water for about a day until their little digestive systems are cleaned out. Others need wings pulled off, or hard exteriors removed. I'm sure there are members here who know how to deal with and properly cook them.


    Insects sold in the Khon Kaen market during November 2007 to February 2008:


    Common Name, Scientific Name, Thai Name, Price Fresh


    Giant water bugs, Lethocerus indicus, Maeng-dah, 2-4 baht each


    Mulberry silkworm, Bombyx mori, Dak-dae-mai, 100-150 baht/kilo
    (pupae)


    Mole crickets, Gryllotalpa africana, Maeng-gi-son, 120 baht/kilo


    Predacious diving, Cybister limbatus, Maeng-tab-tau, 100-120 baht/kilo
    beetles or Hydrous Cavistanum Hydrophilidae
    Water scavenger
    beetles


    White crickets, Acheta domesticus, Maeng-sa-ding, 100-180 baht/kilo
    Jing-reed-khao


    Short-tail crickets, Brachytrupes portentosus, Ji-pom, 100-120 baht/kilo
    or Giant crickets


    Bamboo caterpillars, Omphisa fuscidentalis, Rod-duan, 190-500 baht/kilo


    Bombay locusts, Patanga succincta, Tak-ka-taen-mo, 260-700 baht/kilo


    Source: Edible Forest Insects, FAO, UN, Bangkok, 2010.



    Giant water bug



    Mulberry silkworm pupae



    Mole crickets



    Water beetles



    White crickets



    Brown Cricket



    Bamboo caterpillars



    Bombay locusts


    Estimates are that Thais eat over 80 types of insects, so this is just a small sampling. These are the big sellers in Khon Kaen. Is your favorite on the list?
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    Slow-roasted termites [the larger seasonally flying variety].
    Yummy!

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    I'm not into buggery...

    A read for RS, I know he is interested in at least 2 out of 3 of the title topics...


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    insects are not for eatin...

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    I have eaten several types of bugs. All fried with plenty of salt. I don't know what kind they were. All tasty. My wife and mother in law love fried bugs and are always giving me some to eat.

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    Grilled lamb chops or insects..??



    No brainer really..!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    insects are not for eatin...
    Neither is processed, chemically enriched, nutritiously-vacant GMOed food stuffs - yet they're taken.

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    Ant eggs. If done correctly, no pompem.

    If anything, one has to respect the gathering process. Labour intensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    insects are not for eatin...


    This guy disagrees.

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    The little crickets arent too bad with a beer, taste a bit like pork scratchings! I've eaten a massive beetle before, not sure what it was but ate it out of bravado when drunk, head first-it was fokin horrid!

    The red ants with chilli and salt are also quite nice, sort of tangy and acidic tasting.
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    Flipper girl ordered a bowl of Tom Yum from room service and it had one of these in it.



    It was me that tasted it and realised we had an extra ingredient. I actually recognised the flavour since I have eaten a cockroach before (it was baked into a loaf of bread). Very sharp sour taste, almost metallic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Flipper girl ordered a bowl of Tom Yum from room service and it had one of these in it.



    It was me that tasted it and realised we had an extra ingredient. I actually recognised the flavour since I have eaten a cockroach before (it was baked into a loaf of bread). Very sharp sour taste, almost metallic.
    From Wikipedia:

    Some of the earliest writings about cockroaches encouraged their use as medicine. Pedanius Dioscorides (1st century), Abu Hanifa ad-Dainuri (9th century), and Kamal al-Din al-Damiri (14th century ) all offered medicines that either suggest grinding them up with oil or boiling them.
    Cockroaches are but one of many insects whose nutritional excellence has been underestimated or scorned, according to The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, which also reports (on p. 66) that Lafcadio Hearn found that many New Orleanians had great faith in a remedy of boiled cockroach tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Slow-roasted termites [the larger seasonally flying variety].
    Yummy!
    If I remember correctly, these are the first eating bugs that I was introduced to. Placed a lantern out on the porch with a large basin of water underneath. The swarming insects were attracted to the light and fell into the basin. The wings easily fell off, and ready for the frying pan. Don't remember how they tasted.

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    Nice collection Baldy. Lots of info and great photos.

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