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Warning: Don't read this post while you're eating or if you're squeamish. I don't want to ruin your appetite. Or worse, make you run to the nearest bathroom!
Just when I thought the Filipinos eat the quirkiest food yet, I venture into Laos and Cambodia where they eat things I couldn't even mention. Here are a few we've sampled so far:
No explanation necessary. Just grab a bunch of frogs, clean them up and fry them in deep oil. In Cambodia, they don't just eat the legs, they eat the whole thing- skulls, legs spine and all!
Balut or Duck Fetus
Before I arrived in Ban Lung, Cambodia I always thought that balut or duck fetus was a Philippine delicacy. Then I see the Khmers gobbling it up on the streets! What's interesting about it is how the egg is presented to you. It's gourmet balut with herbs, spices, peppers, sauces and a slice of lime!
We ate the snails at the same restaurant as the balut. We saw some locals eating them and washing them down with some Anchor beer. Our curiosity got the best of us so we asked for the same dish. They served us a plate filled with boiled snails and it came with sticks to get the meat out. Snails are a tasty treat!
The first time I saw this was in Mouang Ngoi, Laos when the woman who ran the neighborhood buffet was drying them out. They had split it in the middle and she was about to dry it on her roof. They would roast it afterwards. I never had the chance to try it but Hutch did. He ate some when he went hiking in the nearby mountains 2 years ago. He said it was really tasty and chewy. Not much meat on them though but they have a great smokey flavor.
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Fried bamboo worms are a big delicacy in Northern Thailand especially in the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai area. Locals usually trek during rainy season to find these worms. They search bamboo shoots for signs of worm colonies. Once they find an abundant colony, they chop them down and collect the insects. The worms are cooked alive and sizzled in oil.
Innards and Intestines
On our trip to Sapa, Vietnam we found a restaurant that offered gourmet innards and coagulated pork's blood on a stick. We tried a few of them and they were delicious! In the Philippines we eat a lot of isaw which is roasted chicken intestines so this wasn't so strange to us.
Crickets, Cockroaches, Beetles and Tarantulas
Insects were in abundance in Laos and Cambodia. You can see a lot of roadside stalls selling them by the kilo. I had the chance to try some crickets at the farm guesthouse where we stayed in Vang Vieng. Every night, they would place a bright purple light in the middle of the garden and catch crickets by the thousands. They collected them in the morning and fry them in oil. It was very crunchy and tasted a bit like small dried fish.
We chanced upon some tarantulas at a food stall on our way to Phnom Penh. I thought I was brave enough to try them. But the thought of biting into those gooey, alien-looking creatures didn't seem so appealing.
As far as cockroaches go, No thanks!
What weird and wonderful food have you tried lately? Did you regret trying it? Or do you look forward to trying new dishes whenever you come across a new place?
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Looking forward to more funky food in Myanmar,
Sole Sister Lois
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