Thomas tries… fried cricket

I maintain that I will try any food or beverage once (unless it is illegal or highly toxic). This will probably be a regular feature of my blog, where I taste something for the first time. Now, I will need to be sensitive about the comments I make. Just because I like something, it doesn’t make it inheritently good and if I don’t like it, it’s not necessarily bad. It’s just a case of personal preference. There will also be a large cultural element to this as well. Just because the average British person may not be used to a certain taste palate, does not mean it should be dismissed. A part of this is about me adapting to my surrounding culture, and attempting to integrate myself with elements of Cambodian life. It will never be a straightforward process, and some of it may involve me gritting my teeth and getting on with it. I’m sure the saying “beggars can’t be choosers” will soon become a personal motto.

About two weeks ago now, I caught a coach from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in order to go to a conference for my job as English teacher. I went with various people from my organisation, so it was quite a fun trip and it was a nice time to get to know different people. We had two stops and at one place they sold fried insects (crickets and I think maggots).

I decided that it probably wouldn’t be wise to try it while on a coach, and I’d have to buy a big bag anyway just to try one, so it’d be a waste. However, a boy on our coach, who is rather partial to edible invertebrates, bought a bag and offered me one. So, here’s the evidence of me trying it.

I’m quite glad the video cut short. I managed not to gag until I reached my seat at the back of the bus. The mixture of the dried spices on it plus a realisation of what I just put in my mouth nearly made me heave. As you can see, it was surprisingly difficult to get through, and in my eagerness to end the experience I perhaps swallowed somewhat prematurely. This resulted in something (perhaps a leg, perhaps a part of the outer shell) getting lodged in the back of my throat. I have quite an active gag reflex as it is, which I was doing my best to suppress. Fortunately, I had the can of coke on hand. I’ve never got through a can so quickly.

I’m currently compiling a list of things that I might have to try:

  • dried crocodile,
  • frogs,
  • salad with red tree ants, 
  • banana blossom salad, 
  • white choco cheese filled cakes.

So there’s no worries about me running out of things to film!

3 thoughts on “Thomas tries… fried cricket

  1. Very brave of you, Thomas! Growing in this part of the world and still I will not dare put any fried creepy crawly into my mouth.


  2. Well done Thomas! Just to add on to your list… BBQ snake meat, chicken feet might be in your next list! 🙂


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