“Don’t be afraid of what I eat — be afraid of what I won’t eat.” Of course eating cockroaches is not quite as delicious as you might think. (And this is coming from someone who has eaten bull penis, raw cobra hearts and goat brain, among other things.)
Why did you eat cockroach?
Why not? My friend’s wife’s Thai family was coming in from Isan (the most rural and non-touristy province in Thailand) and they brought with them a bunch of fresh bugs from the village.
Remember: eat village bugs, not city bugs. Big difference.
Same goes when eating rat. (But I’ll save that video for next week.) 😉 City bugs and rats live off trash and shit, whereas villages critters are all natural. Just think of village bugs and rats as the upscale organic version.
How do you cook cockroaches?
We pan-fried them using a little bit of vegetable. Just a quick light fry to give them more of a crunch. Simple as that.
What do cockroaches taste like?
First off, the head and body have two completely different tastes. The head is surprisingly hard and difficult to chew/swallow. The body is filled with a little bit of stuffing (cockroach guts I hope — would rather not think about all the worse things the alternatives could be) and is much chewier. Dare I even say more tasty than the top half of the body?
(Unfortunately this is about as descriptive as my culinary writing gets — there is a reason I’m not a food blogger) 😉
Would you eat cockroach again?
Short answer: no with a ‘but’. Long answer: yes with an ‘if’.
Maybe somebody out there knows of a better way to prepare cockroach — or of a more delicious cockroach species then whatever is found in the forests of Isan.
And now finally…..the video. Enjoy!
Just don’t blame me if you lose your appetite after watching it 😉