Kishlay SinghThe Wandering Indian
My beautiful Thai friend took me to a busy night market, and the sights just blew my mind away! It was a cultural shock to see insects being peddles as delicious street food, something which would appall a lot of Indians. But it important to respect other’s culture and food habits, especially when you are traveling abroad. Eating grasshoppers and other insects might not feel very appetizing to many of us, but it is considered a delicacy in some parts of the world.
Where to find a place for eating grasshoppers ?
No matter where you are in Thailand, you can find a place to satisfy your hunger for tasty insects. The menu is long – bamboo worms , deep fried scorpions, silkworms, water bugs, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, and many more. It might not be easy to find them in tourist areas of busy streets; you need to look in the right place. Having a local with you to show around can definitely offer an opportunity to encounters this unusual culinary experience. Ask you guide to take you to a night market and you might come across a place to satisfy your appetite for creepy bugs.
It’s much easier to find insect food in the night markets of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Bangkok. Eating bugs in Thailand had become a tourist attraction (before the pandemic hit of course), and these insect food stalls were popping up in every corner of the country. I hope as the pandemic get over and tourists return to Thailand, the market of insect food again picks up. I definitely supports livelihood for a lot of people.
By the way I never tried any of these insects, but my local Thai friend once described them as crispy from the outside and soft from the inside. She particularly liked the deep fried scorpions which she even touted as a very healthy source of proteins.