Eat Bugs

When I was five, my family took a cruise on the S.S. United States. There, I had the opportunity to try what might best be described as “odd” foods – things you don’t judge when you’re five, but might turn up your nose and squeal, “Ewww, gross!” at at twenty-five. Our waiter, José, watched me eat such delicacies as caviar, escargot, turtle soup, kangaroo tail soup, shark fin soup (I have occasionally wondered if they were all made of chicken) and asked if I really enjoyed them. I said, “No, but I love the look on the grown-ups’ faces when I order them and eat them!” I’ve never outgrown my inner five year old.

In Hawaii, I enjoy the looks of horror on some tourists’ faces when I pop those ubiquitous little Vanda orchids into my mouth and murmur, “Mmm… kind of like watermelon!” (Rind. Watermelon rind. But why spoil the fun?) If I’m reasonably sure it can’t kill me, rot my brain, or dissolve my innards, I’ll try just about anything once.

I’ve tried balut and tripe, jackfruit and durian:

durian-and-jackfruit

Why not insects? And just so I can say that I’ve knocked one item off my #bucketlist this month, I’ve ordered some. I’ll let you know how it goes, once I’ve had a chance to try them out. They’re not cheap (and you’d think – common as they are – they would be), but here’s a link you can use – if you like them – to get $10 off (and supposedly, I’ll get $10, as well – but note that this is not good on the little four-bar sampler pack):

If I could only get @Mitch_M to try them… I could die happy.

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Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.

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    1. I wonder what makes us so squeamish about certain foods, when in other parts of the world, they’re common or considered a delicacy? I know people who wouldn’t dream of eating “little fish eggs,” and yet I’d happily eat caviar with a spoon, and wish the good stuff were less expensive (I don’t enjoy it for its pricey “snob appeal”!)

      The aversion to balut is mostly psychological. I can now attest to that – having cooked and eaten it, it’s much like having a bit of boiled chicken liver atop a hard boiled egg. Yet it’s regularly held up as the sort of thing you’d only eat under duress, on Fear Factor.

      Okay – Casu Marzu is something I would not eat on Fear Factor. Because I have read that these maggots can live in your intestines and eat YOU from the inside out. Okay, and because…gross. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu

      I also won’t eat brain matter – NOT because it’s a disgusting idea to me (it’s not, particularly) but because…prions. Not worth the risk. I am actually a little sorry that this means I probably won’t ever eat a sheep’s eyeball.

      But just a LITTLE sorry. There are so many other, better experiences to be had in the world.
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    1. Mitch, inspired by a completely different conversation on a different topic – if you had a flesh-eating bacteria-infested wound, and maggots placed in it to clean out the necrotizing tissue were your best chance of keeping your leg (and your life), would you allow that treatment? Or beg for amputation? (I’m going to admit it took me a couple of squeamish seconds to figure that one out, myself.)
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      1. You need to make those millions before you go all Howard Hughes on me… but yeah, I think being in a morphine haze, if not a full coma, would help in dealing with MAGGOTS.

        You know, there’s also “therapeutic leeches.”

        Be careful googling things out there, Mitch.
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    1. I’m not sure I’d issue that challenge so openly, on the Internet, Jay – but as long as it meets my other criteria, sure! Chocolate makes everything better. (I kind of wish I’d never tried making bacon dipped in chocolate, though – I mean, it SOUNDED thoroughly disgusting. Unfortunately, the reality was anything BUT.)
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    1. Not sure about the crickets, but you could get the Durian and Jackfruit there, and probably balut, too. Try http://www.99ranch.com/ in Plano. I don’t think they have the duck eggs for balut, but they might know where you could buy them. (One thing to keep in mind if you go to balut is that the eggs are not kept in the refrigerator case – if they have them, they may well be sitting near the cash register. They are “fertilized duck eggs.” Just ask for that, since what they call them varies in different countries. If you find a Filipino market, then you could ask for balut. Follow the directions in my YouTube video – you cook them longer than you do hard-boiled chicken eggs. See if Katie wants to go with you – she wanted to try Durian, too! (I did like the Durian better than the Jackfruit. Frozen, slightly thawed Durian is just like ice cream. You won’t smell anything much until it’s well thawed, and that could take hours, even after you cut into it.)
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  1. Wow. I’m not going to eat any bugs, but I’m okay that you are marking this off your bucket list. I went parasailing last year. That was something that was on my bucket list. I think human beings should step outside of their comfort zones and do new things. But, instead of eating a bag of bugs, I’m thinking maybe I’ll try to water ski??? Just a thought. Great post. Thanks for sharing. You remind us to keep the 5 year old within us alive.

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