Insects!

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  • LeoliansBro 26 Mar 2013 15:14:08 41,864 posts
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    So, last night I discovered Wahaca on South Bank is trialling fried Grasshoppers. I kind of had to, really.

    I got a chunky salsa, all heads and legs chopped up with melted cheese on top, nachos on the side and a few whole insects as garnish. It was alright, nutty and sweet and entirely palatable but I suspect a lot of the taste I was experiencing (and the cheese) was an attempt to mask the actual flavour / texture with additional ingredients.

    Can anyone tell me of their insect experiences, and what they are actually like?

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • billythekid 26 Mar 2013 15:16:26 10,803 posts
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    I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.
  • Chopsen 26 Mar 2013 15:44:10 15,176 posts
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    It's the future apparently. Traditional meat is going to be unsustainable as a food source, and there's a massive untapped reservoir of protein out there.

    Never eaten any myself. And yeah, for me to try it it'd have to be so mulched up in other stuff I could just as well be eating shoes.
  • kalel 26 Mar 2013 15:47:12 83,875 posts
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    Just a bit of a mental hurdle to get over. In principle I can't see it as that different to eating things like shrimps and muscles and cockles and whatever.

    I had sushi for lunch today (as I often do), and was musing about how when I was a kid I used to hear strange and disgusting tales of people eating raw fish in faraway lands. Attitudes to these things can change very quickly.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 26 Mar 2013 15:47:49 36,280 posts
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    I'd rather eat horse and rat I think. At least they're mammals!

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  • kalel 26 Mar 2013 15:51:04 83,875 posts
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    What's so great about mammals?

    Again, crustaceans are pretty close to insects in a lot of ways, and I nosh those down.

    Let's start off eating them deep fried. Deep frying makes everything ok. Then move on from there.
  • LeoliansBro 26 Mar 2013 15:51:54 41,864 posts
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    I wonder if you can shell a grasshopper. And what it would look like?

    Eating insect exoskeletons is the thing that I find unusual.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Murbal 26 Mar 2013 15:53:05 21,547 posts
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    Some nutters even eat mushrooms, foul stuff. Insects can't be as bad as that?
  • L_Franko Moderator 26 Mar 2013 16:00:23 9,686 posts
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    Eating some insects doesn't seem all that unappealing to me. Grasshopper and a bit of sweet chilli sauce.
  • graysonavich 26 Mar 2013 16:02:51 6,802 posts
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    It's all a bit "oi oi lads stag do" for me. I'm out.
  • Deleted user 26 March 2013 16:03:36
    Are there any insects native to the UK that are worth eating?

    Or do they have to be imported? That doesn’t sound very economical.

    Leolian’s Bro – what were the prices like?

    My initial thoughts are that in this country they will just remain novelty food. Talked about at middle class dinner parties – “mmm Jeremy ate a grasshopper last week – absolutely delish…”
  • S.J.Rogers 26 Mar 2013 16:04:42 3,557 posts
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    I have eaten a few of these when in Australia

    Not nice..!
  • spindle9988 26 Mar 2013 16:05:30 3,368 posts
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    When i worked in selfridges many years ago there was a promotion in confectionary seliing edible insect stuff. I was 18 at the time and decided to treat my self to a pack of crispy barbecued worms. They werent bad

    edit, They also had scorpions

    Edited by spindle9988 at 16:06:17 26-03-2013
  • S.J.Rogers 26 Mar 2013 16:06:17 3,557 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    Some nutters even eat mushrooms, foul stuff. Insects can't be as bad as that?
    This x 10000000000

    Mushrooms are the Devils food..!
  • Deleted user 26 March 2013 16:09:22
    Selfridges still sell that sort of thing - I remember at Christmas they were selling clear lollipops with scorpions inside and other such stuff.
  • Alastair 26 Mar 2013 16:10:12 14,953 posts
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    S.J.Rogers wrote:
    Murbal wrote:
    Some nutters even eat mushrooms, foul stuff. Insects can't be as bad as that?
    This x 10000000000

    Mushrooms are the Devils food..!
    The bogeys of Beelzebub!

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  • LeoliansBro 26 Mar 2013 16:14:12 41,864 posts
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    Alipan wrote:
    Leolian’s Bro – what were the prices like?
    Normal tapas price, £3.95 for a bowl. I suspect if they were 50p and whole they'd sell a lot more but of course the ingredients aren't the cost with a central London restaurant.

    I recommend people check them out.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • BinaryBob101 26 Mar 2013 16:22:24 21,966 posts
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    Yeah, eaten a few different types in Thailand cooked in a few different ways, fried, on a fire, boiled. I got over the gagging long ago, but eating insects just really isn't all that nice, imo, precisely because of the exo-skeleton. I wouldn't eat the shell or head of a prawn either given the choice, even if deep-fried. I would suck out the juice from a prawn head though, it's the tastiest part - there just doesn't seem to be many similar palatable choices in the insect world.

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  • Alastair 26 Mar 2013 16:22:39 14,953 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:

    I recommend people check them out.
    Next time we get pissed together in London, I'll try some.

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • S.J.Rogers 26 Mar 2013 16:28:31 3,557 posts
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    BinaryBob101 wrote:
    in Thailand I would suck out the juice from head, it's the tastiest part.
    :o

    Edited by S.J.Rogers at 16:28:45 26-03-2013
  • mal 26 Mar 2013 17:03:53 21,949 posts
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    Question is, how do you gut a fly?

    I will have to try this out one day. I'd also be up for a south bank piss-up and grasshopper session, probably next month.

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  • RabidChild 26 Mar 2013 17:09:52 2,283 posts
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    Frass
  • Deleted user 26 March 2013 17:14:22
    Problem is that some insects are tasty, some taste fucking foul, others are literally inedible and toxic, even of the same type (ants, for example). I can't see it taking off in the UK other than a curio thing, as I believe most UK insects lean towards the latter two.
  • Innuendobot_5000 26 Mar 2013 17:18:42 57 posts
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    Chopsen wrote:
    there's a massive untapped reservoir of protein out there.
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  • BinaryBob101 26 Mar 2013 17:19:51 21,966 posts
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    Which insects are tasty, without any seasoning, or condiment?

    @meme

    Edited by BinaryBob101 at 17:20:57 26-03-2013

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  • EMarkM 26 Mar 2013 17:19:59 3,133 posts
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    meme wrote:
    I can't see it taking off in the UK other than a curio thing, as I believe most UK insects lean towards the latter two.
    We're getting told it's going to have to catch on, though.

    Ground-up-bugs FTW.
  • Deleted user 26 March 2013 17:20:55
    We've been told that for decades. I remember news articles from the late 80s saying we'd all be eating cricket burgers by the year 2000.
  • EMarkM 26 Mar 2013 17:25:54 3,133 posts
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    @meme True enough. I think krill was the Next Big Thing in the eighties.
  • LeoliansBro 26 Mar 2013 17:31:31 41,864 posts
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    Oily fish is probably a better bet for protein, based on how many calories it takes to harvest.

    /adjusts mercury poisoning

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Load_2.0 26 Mar 2013 17:36:03 18,196 posts
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    Mince those fuckers up and make burgers and lasagne and I am on board.
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