TPE Web Desk
Chandigarh, November 29
I am sure you never ate this kind of food even if you are a foodie. In Cambodia there is a first insect tapas restaurant where Ant spring rolls, silkworm taro croquettes, and a ‘bug mac’ is mixing cocktail culture with creepy crawler fare.
At the busy “Bugs Cafe” in the tourist town of Siem Reap, chef Seiha Soeun stands over a sizzling wok in the kitchen tossing in crickets, grasshoppers, tarantulas, and scorpions.
Sold at street vendors or in Instagram-friendly tourist spots, insects aren’t new to Cambodian plates.
But they are usually served one way: fried, with dipping sauce, and maybe a cold beer.
“We have a different kind of menu,” Seiha said, adding that he practiced making the “bug mac” — a patty of pureed ant, bee, silkworm and cricket topped with a slice of cheese and pickle — many times to get it just right.
On a recent evening at the restaurant, French co-founder Davy Blouzard greeted curious diners and explained the menu.
“We want to show that it’s possible to make quality food with insects,” he said.
Servers worked the room wearing shirts emblazoned with the words “I HATE INSECTS”, with the “H” crossed out.
British backpacker Joshua Bean, 23, said he knew he had to visit the cafe after seeing an ad for the unusual eatery at his hostel.
He didn’t flinch at the “juicy” silkworms and an assortment of other insects piled up on his plate.
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A very special creation today by Chef Seiha Soeun : quinoa, avocado and feta salad with a marinated tarantula – traditional fire ants, herbs and vegetable Khmer soup – silkworm custard, silkworm and sweet potato ball with confit asparagus and butter sauce – and for the very first time, a delicious and incredible spoon of tarantula caviar (yes!) on a taro pancake #bugscafe #siemreap #entomophagy #tarantula #spidercaviar #spidereggs #foodporn #cambodia #restaurant