Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Bug Dinner: Greg takes the plunge

After some daring, peer pressuring, and betting, Greg decided to sample some of the more exotic (to us) local cuisine – fried bugs. mmmm!

His first selection: Bamboo worms

mmmm… bamboo worms…

Tasting notes: Crispy on the outside, but chewy on the inside. Tastes like chicken.

Greg contemplates the plate of worms before diving in:


Next he sampled “Silk worm larvae”:

mmm… larvae…

Tasting notes: Chewy and squishy on the inside. Ok when you eat it, but has a bad aftertaste.

Will you be going back for seconds Greg?


Yay Greg!!! You are a brave and adventurous one. Thank you for sampling these bugs so that the rest of us (like me) can be informed without actually having to eat one.


March 6, 2007 - Posted by | SE Asia, Thailand, Travel


  1. The Bamboo worms have the mirage appearance of MacDonalds

    Greg, Don’t do it!!!!!!

    Comment by Cynthia | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Oh my god! Greg has gone native! So….what we really want to hear about is the not the immediate experience of *enjoying* worms, but the post 24 hours experience. -Roger and Libby

    Comment by Roger M | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. FYI- Thanks for the postcard from Koh Panyi Island — absolutely beautiful.

    BTW, the dissertation is moving along…but probably not as fast as those worms through your belly. Hopefully, chapter two (about Carvajal family networks and marriage alliances, circa 1390 to 1550) will be finished later this week.

    Keep the posting up — what a rich blog you all have created.


    Comment by Roger M | March 6, 2007 | Reply



    Comment by Roger M | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  5. Some people leave Microsoft to spend time with their family. Some people leave Microsoft to start their own business. Some people leave Microsoft to travel the world.

    Greg leaves Microsoft to eat bugs.


    Comment by Dingo | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. That is so gross…

    Comment by Chandler | March 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. Um….I need to airlift some frites your way.

    Comment by Weezie | March 7, 2007 | Reply

  8. I think these pictures are posed. I’ll believe Greg is eating bugs when I see the picture of Greg throwing up.

    Comment by Carol M | March 7, 2007 | Reply

  9. I agree with Carol. I want to see pics of the BIG FAT worms’ insides gooooshing out from between his teeth. Then subsequent photos of him enjoying each moment of texture and flavor of this critter as is lingers over his tastebuds as his mind grasps the reality of what he is eating. Attaway to go boy! Give in to peer pressure! What an example for Ethan and Isaac. 😛 PS they loved the post card. Miss ya’ll!

    Comment by smiley | March 9, 2007 | Reply

  10. Since we are all so interested about what is entering and exiting Greg and Francie’s bodies, perhaps we should consider some of the likely parasites they may meet in Laos.

    Just for fun :-0

    For instance, in 1999, there were an estimated 10.33 million parasitic infections by Opisthorchis viverrini and Opisthorchis felineus (liver flukes) in Laos, Kazakhastan, Laos, Thailand, and Ukraine.

    Check out there life cyle:

    Here’s a lovely family portrait:

    Have fn with your new friends! We sure enjoyed them, these tag alongs, when we lived in South America!

    Comment by Roger M | March 9, 2007 | Reply

  11. I find it ironic and hilarious that the worms tasted like chicken. Uh – isn’t that what they say about all “exotic” foods? Do you think people who eat these kinds of things every try chicken and say, “Wow! Tastes like those grubs we make at home?”

    Comment by Jill | March 12, 2007 | Reply

  12. Oh dear god! Ever the experimenter

    Comment by Sebastian | March 13, 2007 | Reply

  13. surely this bravery makes up for the fear of scary spotted gecko

    Comment by kim | March 13, 2007 | Reply

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