Insects:

Alternative Source of Proteins

Insects: Alternative Source of Proteins

Full of protein, fiber, healthy fats, and minerals – yes, all of these benefits can come from different types of insects around us.  Though some of them look extremely scary, many of them are edible and pack quite a nutritious punch!

20170520_152935

Thailand is one of those countries where eating insects is common. If you visit a local night market in Bangkok, you might have a chance to seek out the infamous fried bug sellers. They sell fried insects in a customized cart, attached to motorbikes or cycles, so they can cruise around to find customers, where various insect species are kept, including fried frogs! People enjoy eating insects as snacks – a great pairing with Thai beer.

Nutritional-Table-550x781

Image source: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/eating-bugs

 

20170520_152940

Some of the most popular insects are:

Jing Leed (Cricket)

Non Pai (Bamboo Insect)

Maeng Da (Giant Water Bug)

Tak Ga Tan (Grasshopper)

Non mai Non (Wood Worm)

Maeng Kee Noon (Beatles) etc.

20170520_151815

They are usually fried in a wok, and seasoned with sauce and a bit of Thai pepper powder. They are heavily salted, and eaten as a protein enriched snack. They have been said to taste like nutty shrimp.

 

Our Village of Love evening tour will often get a chance to stop off and taste these nutrient-packed treats.   

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2019 by SJC Limited / License 14/02740 / Tax ID 0105561140794 Bangkok, Thailand | Privacy Policy & Terms