Edible insects are all the rage in Thailand. Head to Khao San Road in Bangkok, or Bangla Road in Phuket, and the street food stalls are overflowing with creepie crawlies. You can choose from various species, including Red Ants, Silkworms and Scorpions. Feeling a little squeamish? Grasshoppers are often the best bet for those not used to such things.
They’re called Takatan here and they’re available in plentiful supply. Sometimes they’re included in delicious Thai dishes. But Takatan are best enjoyed as crisp salted snacks — purchased from street food vendors and eaten on the move.
Thai Grasshoppers are often deep-fried in soy sauce and for those brave enough, they’re surprisingly moreish. Packed with protein, these provide much-needed nourishment for many, whilst also appealing to travelling foodies. Take our advice and give them a try — before moving on to the more-challenging Red Ants, Silkworms and Scorpions.