Friday, April 6, 2012

Feastin' on fried insects

When in Thailand do as the Thais do. You know what that means?! It means you may have to feast on some fried insects. Never, ever in my life would I think that I would eat bugs! I avoid camping because I am not one to commune with nature. I appreciate nature's beauty, but I don't see any reason to sleep on the ground, pee in the woods, and heaven forbid, eat bugs! But, put me in a foreign country, eager for an experience and all of my "I would never do that in my life proclamations" go out the window!

It all happened in the city of Ayutthaya at the night market. We were on a VIP-police escorted rickshaw tour of the city and we made a stop.
If you can't quite tell what that is, it's the fried insect vendor. Our tour guide went to the counter, got a plate, and dared us to try.
 I have no idea what it is on that plate. I didn't want to know. Ignorance is bliss in this case.
Here I am, making a choice. That's my dad in the background. That's his "Who is this daughter that I call mine and is she cra-zy?" face.  Yes, Dad, I really did give it a whirl!
I don't know what I ate. Again, I didn't want to know. My tour guide tells me later that it was a wing of some sort.
This is my face after eating the bug. Can you tell what I thought of it? It was crunchy. Super salty. And, I will never eat one again! But, when in Thailand do as the Thais do.


  1. I feel the same way about camping! But I think I could eat a crunchy, salty bug. Good for you for trying it!

  2. Ew! I don't think I could eat a bug. That's cool that you did though. It makes for an awesome story and you would have regretted not having that experience. Thanks for sharing!

  3. You are so brave!! I love, love, love Thai food, but insects give me the heebie jeebies. I'm always up for trying new food, but I'm not sure I could eat bugs.

    Wishing you continued success with the A to Z challenge,

  4. Very cool! Bugs are good for you, you know. ;)

    Good luck with the challenge!

    Dianna Fielding

  5. Have to be a little adventurous when you're traveling, otherwise what's the point?!

  6. Wow - you're so brave! I think I'd lose weight rapidly rather than eat bugs but if it's part of the culture, it's understandable. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing your photos and writing. Happy blogging. If you have time, visit

  7. i remember those vendors! was curious to try the fried cricket but i wasn't brave enough.
    Happy A-Zing!

  8. Horray for being brave! I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at

  9. I am attempting to reconcile your new affinity (lol) for eating bugs and your disdain for camping. If YOU can reconcile them, perhaps you'd better audition for Survivor.


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