Thailand is famous for its exotic tourist spots and food. Attractions are aplenty while food is also in abundant supply particularly if you’re the adventurous type who would like to try the uncommon dishes.
Many of these exotic Thai foods are insects which are safe to eat. They are normally fried and seasoned with salt, pepper and some chili. You can find peddlers in many sections of the capital Bangkok. One popular area is the Khao San Road where foreigners often stay.
Crickets are either deep-fried or grilled. They’re cooked while still alive. When you see them moving before being cooked, you can be sure that they’re fresh and no pesticide were used to catch them.
Grasshoppers are also popular. Once fried and seasoned with chili powder, they become your crispy snacks. Another way of cooking them is by sautéing.
You may want to try the different kinds of bugs as well if you’re not fond of the fried insects. They are steamed in a banana leaf and mixed with curry sauce. This dish especially one using the huge black water beetles is considered a special delicacy in the Isan province of Thailand.
Men looking for an aphrodisiac should not miss tasting the tarantulas which are mixed with a sweet sauce. When cooked, these large spiders are said to taste like chicken wings although with the hair still on. The tarantula’s stomach, according to those who have tried it, is the sweetest part.
Ants are a source of protein and therefore, safe to eat. In the northern and eastern parts of Thailand, ant eggs are a popular delicacy. These are taken from the big ants that live on trees. They are used in salads, soups and also stir fried with eggs.
A word of caution, though. While Thailand’s exotic food is edible and can be a source of important nutrients, it is not recommended for vegetarians and for those who are faint-hearted.