Here’s a great piece from the Bangkok Post about the city’s bug sellers. And a very popular ingredient they prove to be, too. I ate plenty of bugs on my recent trip to Issan, from silk worms straight out of their cocoons to maeng kinoon, a kind of scarab beetle.
They’re a readily available source of protein and, as the world’s food security becomes increasingly shaky, I imagine many more of us squeamish westerners are going to have to get used to a bit of bug munching. Time to get over our rather patronising, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here attitude!
Best bit: this fascinating chart comparing the nutritional properties of bugs, eggs, chicken and pork.