Friday, January 29, 2010


En route from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, our van stopped over at Kampong Thom, a province two hours from Siem Reap. A stall on the sidewalk had crickets...

crickets in Cambodia

and beetles (or what I hoped were beetles and not roaches):

crickets in Cambodia

I don't really care about edible insects, I was more interested in the persimmons and pomegranates in the next stall.

persimmons and pomegranates

Abet, however, wanted to get the crickets. He sampled some and liked them, so we bought a small plastic bag for 7,000 riel--around P80--for pulutan in our hotel room later that evening. They weren't too bad, actually. Perfect with beer.

crickets in Cambodia
Please excuse the girly fingernails--he's a guitarist.

crickets in Cambodia

On the way back from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (towards Vietnam), we passed by Kampong Thom again. This time, we bought a tarantula for 500 riel (P6). Neither of us ate it. We'll stick to the crickets next time.


Chyng said...

Nothing new, but still, crickets are still exotic for me. Haha

Dea said...

Hi Chyng! I'm just starting to experiment with exotic food. Last week I tried frog legs, hopefully I'll be able to eat a whole balut in the future.

Mrs. Kolca said...

those beetles look like roaches talaga.. yay! parang nakakahirin tingnan.. awk! i love pomegranate seeds.. my high school crush used to bring them for snacks noon.. ^^