Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Bug dinner #2

In Yangon, fried Locusts are very popular. People walk in and out of sidewalk cafes with gigantic platters of them to sell. After many “beer myanmar”, Greg, myself, and our new friend Shea from Oregon decided it was time – and hilarity ensued…

It doesn’t get any better than this! (by the way, we tried to buy just 3 of them, but the vendor would only sell us a big platefull)

You can’t tell because I didn’t frame the photo well, but right now Greg is chomping off the head:

Greg: “It tastes just like grass!”

I could only bring myself to eat a few locust legs. I was too afraid that the other parts would have squishy stuff inside the crisp, browned exterior:
Getting the leg out
Can you see the beedy little eyes staring up at my nose?

Here is a photo of Shea in a creative pose with the locust. Yes!

What Greg and I learned from this: A recipe for fun = fried locusts.
Never forget it.


April 12, 2007 - Posted by | Myanmar, SE Asia, Travel


  1. I don’t know what you have against fried locusts :):) They look interesting, even tasty, surely more healthful than a dinner at McDonald’s. (I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and I just finished that part about processed foods. Believe me, locusts sound better than what you ingest from that tasty looking burger.)

    Comment by Roxana | April 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. You all are crazy-brave.

    Comment by Roger M | April 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. You guys rock!

    This makes “Fear Factor” look silly…you both taking it in stride while those whiners on that show look like they are about to have a stroke when faced with the prospect of eating a perfectly yummy bug.:)

    Both of you look like you are simply enjoying a nice fresh slice of sashimi.

    Francie and Greg:
    When you return, I expect you both to enter “Fear Factor”, or one of its derivatives, win, beat the competition, and share your riches and National celebrity status with all of us.

    Cheers, Joe

    Comment by Joe | April 20, 2007 | Reply

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