Have you ever tried to eat an insect? Most will flee or fight their way out of eating the critter. However, the practice of eating insects is actually a common dining culture in Thailand. The flavour and texture is vary as well. Thailand has over 20, 000 insects farm where rearing and providing 7500 tons of crickets, grasshoppers, beetles and other insects every year for the purpose of eating! All these different types of insects contains different nutritional value and pack different flavours and textures as well. In fact, these days consuming insects is a new food trend across the world and for some it’s a great way to get a healthy and nutritional meal.
To Eat It–Or Fling It?
While uncommon in most diets, insects are surprisingly enough healthy natural foods as they are made of proteins, minerals, beneficial fats, vitamins and prebiotic fibre. Hence, insects make a great alternative source of protein. Don’t believe us? Here is the nutrition value comparison between meat and edible insects. 200 calorie of crickets serving contains 31g of protein, 8.1g of fat, 1.8g of Omega-3 and 7.2g of fiber, besides, 200 calories of beef serving contain of 22.4g of protein, 11.2g of fat and 0.04g of omega-3. The stats above shows that edible insects are actually a better source of nutrition to meat. In addition, insects are also more digestible than meat especially the chitin is removed.
Speciality Restaurants in Thailand
Thailand is a popular place to have deep fried insects. You can usually find it at the night market stall, get a paper bag full of fried silkworms or grasshoppers and snack on them like they’re crunchy potato chips. Flavored with salt, pepper, and soy sauce, travellers are surprised to find them to be crunchy delights. However, the salt of these street vendor insects meals can be excessive and not very healthy. Still, if you want to try healthy scrumptious Thai insects, you could actually opt for a fine dining experience instead.
The Insects in the Backyard is a fascinating restaurant that utilizes six-legged insects as its premiere fine-dining ingredient. Located at the Changchui Art Hub in Bangkok, the restaurant has a good reputation for its delicious and high quality Thai cuisine with Italian, French, and American influences. The concept of the restaurant is actually to convince the people to accept and consume the edible insects dishes. The executive chef Mai Thitiwat takes Thai dishes to a whole new dimension with the fusion of edible insects and seafood such as lobster grasshopper bisque risotto with seafood and sundried tomatoes to scallops.
Still considering if munching on these crispy little critters are for you? Consider this, by eating incest you can save the environment. The insects leave a much lower carbon footprint than traditional livestock. If you go to Thailand give it a try!