Travelling abroad is the best opportunity to sample new foods and try out new tastes. From odd cheeses and raw meats to deep fried fruit and hot and spicy curries - we all enjoy trying out new culinary delights that can be found in the market places and restaurants of different countries.
Edible bugs and insects are increasingly becoming a popular food choice around the world, and with worries of how far our live stock will stretch in years to come, creepy crawlies are turning into a practical alternative. So to help you on your foodie travels, we thought we would take a look at which bugs are the best to eat when travelling abroad.
Enjoyed all over Asia, especially by intrepid travellers on holiday in Thailand, deep fried locusts are actually a very sustainable and nutritious snack. Don’t be put off by the look of these insects -they are actually an enjoyable, crunchy snack, often served stir-fried in chilly and soy sauce.
The garden pests that chew holes through your prized plants are a great source of protein. However, you might want to leave it to the chefs to cook up a caterpillar, as some are extremely poisonous!
Another critter popular in South-East Asia is the bamboo worm or Non Pai. These worms are usually fried in a wok and then coated in golden mountain sauce and topped with Thai pepper powder to make a great bar snack.
If you’re looking for a sweet insect snack then try a Chinese yellow scorpion lolly. Sold all around the world (usually as a gag gift), this scary looking snack is sweet and delicious - perfect after a heavy main meal!
Last on our list is a creepy snack that is actually incredibly nutritious. Found in Asian and African countries, fried beetles may look scary, but given the right seasoning, beetles are a hearty, crunchy and surprisingly tasty snack.
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