Most people couldn’t bear to touch a giant tarantula. But to eat one? This is such an alien concept that it’s difficult to imagine. But fried spiders have been eaten for some time in Cambodia — where Crispy Tarantulas are considered to be quite a delicacy.
This is believed to be quite a recent trend that began during the dark days of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. With more traditional foods in short supply, people here began to eat spiders in order to avoid starvation. The dark days are over in Cambodia, but still the practice persists.
Most popular in Skuon and Phnom Penh, the spiders are bred in holes in the ground until they’re the size of a human hand. They’re then fried in oil, along with sugar, salt and garlic, until the legs are stiff and the body crunchy. Thinking about trying a Crispy Tarantula? You’re braver than us.