I ate some bugs and a frog in Thailand.
We bought them from this vendor in Chiang Mai:
J ate some mealworms, a grub, a grasshopper, and a cricket with me, but he would not eat that frog.
I think it’s a good time to point out that some people in Thailand eat bugs, not all Thai people.
Just like in Taiwan, some people are down with snake soup, but not anyone I know. I have students who won’t even eat century eggs, even though I personally like them in my congee.
So just keep in mind when you see people eating “weird foods” in other countries, not even all the people in that country are down. Not all Americans eat runny eggs or rare steak.
When I was eating this frog, the Thai women in the back, young and old, were cracking jokes and laughing, but they wouldn’t even try it with us! They were yelling, “It tastes like chicken!”
It did not.
I really believe that we are all going to end up eating more bugs if not needing to rely on bugs for protein in the future. Factory farms produce so much carbon emissions and we’re already screwed because of global warming… I feel like I might as well get used to crunchy mealworms and creamy grubs.