Over the past 9 months, we’ve eaten some strange things. It’s part of the adventure, and half the time we don’t even know what we’re really getting. One thing we did take a pass on was bugs, beetles and scorpions. We saw carts full of them in Bangkok, but our most memorable bug-eating experience happened as we were relaxing with Pui in Maetachang.
We’re hanging with Pui while he cooks some vegetables wrapped in a banana leaf on a little fire next to this sort of covered patio structure we’re chillin on. A huge black beetle comes flying by, and to our surprise, Pui reaches out and grabs it mid-flight and holds it up to show us.
Again to our surprise, he throws the beetle on the fire next to the vegetables, and it cooks for about 30 seconds. We’re thinking, well, that’s kinda cruel, but if we lived out in the middle of nowhere, maybe we’d do that too.
Then, to our biggest surprise, he plucks the beetle off the fire, cracks it in half, and bites off the juicy torso of this beetle. Yum. WTF?!