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Deep Fried Bugs | 6 Must try Bugs of Thailand

Eating Bugs Taste Test Challenge | Bangkok, Thailand  (Click here if you can’t see the video)

During my trip to Bangkok, I wanted to try eating deep fried bugs. The first time I was in Thailand, I did a video of myself eating a cricket but this time I wanted to try more. I went in search of a bug cart.

Deep fried bugs are considered a snack in Thailand.

It’s said to be especially popular with people from the region of Isaan – who move to Bangkok for work. The economy of the region is struggling, the community lifestyle leans towards rural and bugs are known to be a source of protein. However, you’ll find bug delicacies throughout Southeast Asia, not only in Bangkok.

6 Must Try Deep Fried Bugs of Thailand 

This video is *not* meant to offend Thai culture or people. It’s meant to be a fun taste test and to see how far I can push my travel comfort zone.  As an American, I wasn’t raised to see insects as a food source.  I’ve encountered many fear factor foods in my travels. Insects are the first ones on my list that I’ve felt okay with trying.

My six course bug menu consisted of:

0:44     Spicy Lemongrass Wasp Salad
02:21   Cricket Lemongrass Salad
03:50   Deep Fried Crickets
04:57   Grasshopper
08:06   Deep Fried Locusts
11:20    Waterbug


The first two are lightly flavored, so you get a bit of lemongrass flavor in them. The following ones are deep fried and larger so they have more of roasty shrimp-like flavor.  The waterbug, well… you’ll have to be your own judge.

More on Bug Eating

14:03    Bug eating in Asia | United Nations
14:25    Behind the Scenes: Ordering from the bug cart

How much did my bugs cost?

The bugs I got from the cart cost 10 baht for a small snack bag.  The Waterbug cost 10baht for one, clearly the prize delicacy!


Thanks to my friend Scott Kim for his support and sponsoring of my 6-course bug plate!


What is your comfort level with eating bugs in Thailand? Would you try them? Where would you draw the line?


  1. Megan Indoe says:

    You’re far braver than I!

  2. Dave Kelly says:

    Did you get a glass of wine with your meal?

  3. Cest La Vibe says:

    I are crickets at Summer Camp in California and again in New York City a few years later. I wish I could try your bug meal!

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