Beondegi is a popular snack food in South Korea. Served boiled or steamed, it’s sold both on street corners and in supermarkets. Tempted to have a little taste? Do just bear in mind that this popular snack food is, in fact, silkworms.
People here have been feasting on Beondegi ever since the Korean War, when nutritious food was in short supply. There’s no question that it’s nourishing — this a snack that is packed with protein. But the flavour isn’t to everyone’s liking.
Still tempted? You can go sweet or savoury, choosing between spiced and salted silkworms or ones that have been candied. The shell is crunchy, whilst the inside is soft and juicy, with a flavour that is nutty. Served in disposable cups with toothpicks, Beondegi is readily available in South Korea. The question is, will you be brave enough to give it a try?