Nia S. Amira
Letâ€™s snacking the bugs!â€ said my Thai new friend, Wardha Wangpakdee Edrics. I was just saying, Nooo way..never had exÂperience by snackÂing with the bugs before. In Yogyakarta and some villages in Central Java, there are still people conÂsuming bugs to substiÂtute the eggs or fish for havÂing protein. But…thank you, I am not the person who can easÂily swallow those very special natuÂralâ€™s creature. I still have the thought bugs are nasty. Wardha keeps driving after having a very nice Spa for 1.5 hours that really giving relaxation, especially I got lots of tension and the texture of those 12 fresh shrimps in a big local seafood resto in Bang Kapi street were really awesome, my mouth is very sensitive to find food above average.
After 20 minutes, we arrived at Huay Kwang 24 hours market. The street resembles Tanah Abang in Central Jakarta. We parked at one of the 24 hours of cosmetÂic street vendors. The young girl who sells the things for giving you more beauty wearÂing a tank top, the weather in Bangkok was over 31 at that night, really got sweat.
About my thoughts of those insects things, Wardha told me that they are low in calories, but high in protein and giving you extremely nutrition. It was once that these bugs snack for only low-inÂcome workers in Thailand, but as I saw that night, high-society sit on their fine Mercedes seats just enjoyed their snacking with bugs like they eat a normal chips…
Where Do Fried Insects Come From? â€“ Like in Central Java and other Asian countries where fried insects are eaten, people picked them from the trees, searching the bugs in the undergrowth or just cutÂting down the bamboo trunks to harvest the bugs, other insects even cultivated by insects farmÂers and this already becomes local business as they provide with plenty supply for their loyÂal customers.
Where Can You Find Fried InÂsects In Bangkok? â€“ Fried insects are available all over Bangkok. One of the places you can find the fried insects is on Huay Kwang Night MarÂket, they sell bagfuls of fried insects evÂery night.
Which Insects Should You Eat? â€“ Bamboo worms, crickets and grasshoppers are the most popular ones in Bangkok, others include scorpions and water beetles, weevils and ants. I canâ€™t even dare to just bite the bamboo worms that looks still alive to me. A 24 years girl who just came by for a small pack of bamboo worms said she likes fried bugs and it is cheap, 60 bath or 24.000 Rupiah.