The coffee shop at the Roach Motel?

April 5, 2007

As I was saying just a couple of days ago, on the subject of worm-filled tacos in Mexico, icky food has become a common theme of this blog. And now, here we are at a market in Bangkok, where customers flock like moths to a flame when the insect sellers arrive with fried grasshoppers, water bugs, giant flies, larvae, mealworms and red ant pupae.

Mmmmmm, them’s eats! According to the bug-sellers, insects are low in fat and high in calcium. I guess it turns out I’m looking for more than that in my food, like maybe a lower gag reflex rating. If this all sounds great to you but you can’t make it to the market, you may order this stuff online:

By the way, I couldn’t help noticing an interesting facet of human nature. We have a video report today about the anniversary of the decadent chocolate Sachertorte, in which the reporter announces that she is going to eat a slice right now. But in our report about the insect market of Bangkok, the reporter just tells us water bugs “apparently” are delicious. Kind of a double-standard.

Oddly Enough Blog

insects360.jpg

An insect vendor packages silkworm pupae for a client at a Bangkok market April 4, 2007. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

7 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

Someone had to post it.

Silkworm pupae? Waterbugs? Grasshoppers? Mealworms?
What’s the deal? I came here for the fried lice!

I know. Now you hate me.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Why, this spotted dick tastes fabulous. What did you use instead of raisins?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Miss! There’s a regular fly in my fried giant flies.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Quit playing with your food, Rutherford.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Kinda makes our “Fear Factor” contestants look like sissies.

Waiter!! There’s lettuce in my bugs!

You can take a country out of the Third World, but you can’t take the Third World out of the country.