Have you ever wonder, what a bug tastes like?...

Philippines
March 24, 2007 10:46am CST
I apologize if you are having lunch, dinner or chewing on your favorite gum, savoring its flavor and juices, and accidently you came across my post. (^^,LoL^^,) It's just that lately I saw on T.V, a report about exotic foods like, ants, frogs, snakes, woodworms. I want mentionned it all, only the wholesome one. Don't get me wrong ha, I have nothing against it. And so far, my only exotic food experience was to eat a frog.It tasted like chicken. But in other country, it is a part of their customs, traditions or heritage. It is a part of their daily life. I won't be able to taste them all surely. But maybe you can share some of your experiences with me. What are the exotic food you have already tasted? How many? Why? Are they consider a delicacy in your country? What did your tastebuds said?(^^,) And if you haven't tried anything mention above yet. How about a fresh garden salad with edible flowers, a wasabi ice cream? Anything! I may sound weird but it is good to know what a bug tastes like, maybe someday it would be the only food left on earth. Only maybe, hope not.....
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
Oh holy no, I don't think I'll ever try that bug even if I live to be 100 years old, LOL! But seriously, I did try the frog and I agree it taste like chicken. In fact, it taste BETTER than chicken. As far as I'm concerned, the only exotic food I tried is the turtle. I can't, for the life of me, remember what it taste like. I only remember feeling a little hesistant to try it. I think I took a bite or two only. Just thinking about this kind of exotic food is making me a little dizzy, LOL.
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
Yah, I remember to have try a turtle soup before, I think it tasted more like the sea. Sea flavor. (^^,???^^,) Something like that hard to describe, and I also tasted rabbit stew. No offense Charms, just remember it now. But don't worry it was a long time ago. I won't eat you, promise!! You are to good !(^^,) Thank you for your response charms!
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Oh no, I better hop in somewhere to avoid being stewed...LOL!!!
• Philippines
4 Apr 07
Have some fresh green garden flower salad first Charms!?! Ops, that was a big hop! Maybe she didn't hear me?! Ran very fast ha! (^^,LOL^^,)
• United States
28 Mar 07
eew.i'd have to be really hungry. i've heard those big larve they have in tropical regions actually aren't too bad fried up,but i think i'll still pass on it.
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• Philippines
28 Mar 07
Maybe some fresh flower green salad would be better for you. More appealing than bugs. And for me too!:-}(^^,LOL^^) Thank you for your comment!
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• United States
28 Mar 07
you're welcome:) flower salad does sound good to me,actually. i wouldn't mind trying it
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@Tomcat27 (112)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
at least i've just finished my dinner hehe! i really have no idea and i really have no plans of tasting one either. when you think about the future and all the edible things have been eaten by mankind, and bugs are the only ones left to be served... that seems interesting but i'm not sure if i'd go for a bite though.
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• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Just to prepare if ever! Have our mind set if ever it happens (^^,LOL^^,) Just kidding! Thank you for responding Tomcat, I really appreciate it! Happy Posting! (^^,)
@kclaret59 (587)
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
i think bugs would taste a little bit bitter because of theintestines and kinda crunchy and thorny.. hehehhe. never even thought of eating one!!
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• Philippines
28 Mar 07
But you have a good description of how it might taste like, :-# It seems like I want to resolve this discussion earlier than I thought ha. (^^,LOL^^,) Thank you for sharing!
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@mfpsassy (2827)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I swallowed a bug once. Does that count? As for actually eating them no thank you could you pass me the flower salad please? I have never tried that either but I think it would apeal more to my taste buds than bugs
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
Yes, it counts alot. Actually I haven't got the chance to swallow a bug yet, I hope I won't be that lucky (^^,LOL^^,) I posted this discussion to wonder about this whole topic. But, it seems like I'll prefer the flower salad better too. (^^,) Thank you for sharing!
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@yanjiaren (9050)
27 Mar 07
I ate a cochroach once by mistake in a restaurant years ago..it was cruncht=y to say the least lol..but not very tasty..i never want to eat one again lol..Not recommended as my top foods yuck..it sucks..
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• Philippines
27 Mar 07
Really?! You really amaze me yanjiaren! You sing, dance and eat cochroach! (^^, JUST KIDDING!!^^,) (^^,LOL^^,) Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate your response!
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@greengal (4286)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Yikes no, just the sight of bugs and crawling insects gives me the jitters, I sure wouldn't wonder how they tasted! I saw this show which comes on every Wednesday I think on Travel and Living channel called Bizarre Foods, that guy eats anything on this planet..and I mean anything! He travels all over the world in search of such foods and my you can't imagine what he eats and has eaten, maybe you should ask him what bugs taste like..LOL :P
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• Philippines
27 Mar 07
I'll try to ask him..(^^,LOL^^,) Thanks for your response!
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
I was also able to eat frog during my short stint in Ormoc City and it tasted very good indeed. I was also able to taste some snake which my neighbors caught when I was still a little girl though I could not remember how it tasted. I wanted to try the worms and some bugs though sometime in the future. I heard that they are truly good for the health too.
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
I never tasted a snake, but I saw one while it was catch by my neighbors. It was huge almost 3 feet long. Scary! But I don't know what it tasted like, because we didn't went back. But they said it tasted good, "adobo" style. When you'll try worms and bugs, maybe I can join you.(^^,LOL^^,) If I'm not scare. But it is good to try new things once in a while. Thank you for your response!
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
24 Mar 07
We usually think ewww when there are bug parts in our hot dogs and other foods. I happen to have a book on cooking bugs. Shrimp is really a bug of the ocean anyway. Better know which bugs to eat and which ones not. Edible flowers are great when you know the ones that are the best ones to eat. Lemon Gem and Tangerine Gem marigolds are quite good on a salad. Pretty too. Lavender and rose petals are also used. We need only to think outside the box and consider that they world is truly a smorgasboard.
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• Philippines
26 Mar 07
How impressive you have a bug cook book. Amazing! Even some ferns are edible. And It is good sometimes to experience a different kind of food. So you can appreciate the many wonders of nature. I really want to taste those flowers, they said that it's like having a party in your mouth. Because of the taste and aroma, sounds delicious and healthy. Thank you for your response too! Amazing!
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
31 Mar 07
Not tasted exotic but uncommon stuff a lot! I did once eat a snake sandwich ( which I did not know) after I had gone through half of it my friend ( who had made the sandwich) told me it was snake meat....but it was delicious so I munched the whole thing down happily but that was the first and last time for snake meat( you do not get much of snakemeat in my country)! 2 years later I became an eggitarian. I still do not eat meat it has been 12 good years now! Then once when we were travelling I got a chance to eat Durians well I did not like it one bit, I ate one bite and that was the last bite, never I swore to myself, I know it needs a lot of tastebud adjusting to eat durians but since I was visiting and I knew I would not get it anywhere else afterwards I never made the effort! Then in my country we get Palm juice it is one of the yummiest thing you can drink, how they do it is they make an incision on the palm tree and tie a pot whose insides are lined with calcium carbonate to the incision the next morning the pot is full of sweet, amber colour liquid, we used to drink it right out of the pot it was one delicious experience. Then We also get Palm roots they are again very region oriented and they make great eatable roots! We wash the roots and steam them for 15-20 mins afterwards we remove the outercover and peel it away and then well we chomp it away, it does not need any seasoning and it is one yummy thing to eat! And it is full of fibre and vitamins! Since I have come to US even sugarcane has become rare 'cos in my country we would take whole sugarcane peel the outer layer and then chomp up till we get whole juice out and then spit out the hard part. It is one hell of a way to keep little ones busy they can chomp on one little section for hours without trouble to mom! Although it is all sugar it does not kill your tooth if you can just brush afterwards the chompping and tearing at the outer rind is in itself one of the best exercises for all your facial muscles and the tooth it strengthens the tooth too. And then there are sweet and sour Tamrind that people like to pluck of the trees and eat. Oh there are so many things that are exotic it will take all my life to type I think and it already is a long post is it not? Oh for variety there is a county in US which is the largest producer of garlic in the world and in that county you can get everything seasoned with garlic, they even have Garlic ice cream yeah it is true! It is not know as the Garlic county for nothing you know.
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
31 Mar 07
ofcourse I do keep seeing all those TV programs where people eat ant and bugs but it does not intrest me much....but I guess they must be crunchy to eat and think of all the protein they are getting in a very small serving hmmm.
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• Philippines
1 Apr 07
Wow! Thank you for sharing DeaXyza, I was amazed with the snake meat sandwich. It must have been yummy. Durian is a very popular fruit here in the Philippines but I never acquire a taste for it too. I found it too strong for my senses. I think you already went here in Davao? have you? I love tamarind but the one who are sugar coated. And your palm tree juice is quite similar to our local "lambanog" I think. About the garlic ice cream sounds tasty too ha. And by the way thank you for adding me to your friends and for responding to my discussion! (^^,)
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@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
1 Apr 07
thanks for extending your hand of friendship dear.... it was a pleasure answering your question... such a lot of memory. I have been to Singapore actually where I was introduced to Durian. I would love to visit Phillipines some day... I have so many places to see on my list that I should have born a millionare.... SIGH!
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@gharinder (2044)
• India
8 Apr 07
oops, aphro , first i landed into eggs and now into bugs, snakes, lol---------i cant even imagine to eat them, i only wonder that how so many people are able to eat snakes, ants, huh---------so what about you-------you like all these stuffs-----
• Philippines
8 Apr 07
Nah, not really. I was so puzzled when I watch not only "fear factor" but documentaries too. That they are actual people who live on bugs. So I wonder if maybe someone here on mylot had already tasted one or even think of eating one. (^^,LOL) and maybe he/she might have given me a well describe taste of it. (^^,LOL) Anyway, thanks gharinder and you're so sweet to have taken the time to drop by to all my discussions. I'm so flattered! Thank you! More blessings to you! (^^,)
@gharinder (2044)
• India
9 Apr 07
yes i too used to watch fear factor earlier
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• United States
3 Jul 07
EEEEEEEEW Nope - never wondered what a bug tastes like - but I can imagine the sickening crunch... (it's making me gag). I have tried a garden salad with edible flowers - I've tried roses, violets, pansies, hibiscus, marigold, lavender, and orchid. I've also had rose flavored ice cream - it's incredible! I've eaten Durian which is actually not bad once you get past the smell. I've had caviar once when I was younger (gross!). I don't really know that I've had anything too exotic. I mean I eat fruits and vegetables from other countries... but is that really exotic?
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• Philippines
7 Jul 07
Hi Withoutwings! The garden salad with edible flowers sounds very appetizing. And Durian is very popular here in the Philippines especially in Davao. I think that's pretty exotic. And it's great that you are very innovative. And yes, I'll pass on the bugs too...lol...(^^,) Thank you for sharing Withoutwings! Have a nice day!
• United States
6 Jun 07
I'm always amazed each year when on the news they show the bug eating festival here in the U.S.! I will admit though that I have tried chocolate covered ants. In 5th Grade my teacher, Mr. Perry, actually brought in chocolate covered ants and chocolate covered grasshoppers. He didn't tell us that the ants were ants until we tried them and then he offered the grasshoppers to us, but told us what they were. I passed on the grasshoppers but I have to admit the ants were covered in enough chocolate that you didn't realize they were even there. I assumed by the size and shape that they were chocolate covered raisins. LOL My personal preference is to not eat bugs at all in my life! LOL
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• Philippines
6 Jun 07
In some remote places here in the Philippines, bugs are so common as a main dish.~lol That made me wondered a lot.~lol But now, I would rather eat chocolate covered ants.~lol Thank you for sharing your chocolate covered ants experience, Hockeygal! Have a great day! (^^,)
• Philippines
9 Apr 07
No I have never wonder what bugs taste like. I don't eat meat actually something that has a life like insects. I think those people eat bugs that they regard as extotic food is just becaause of psychological reason that they become more acitve sexually or become more energetic more. I think all they cant get from eating this kind of stuffs is protein which can also be found in vegetables.
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• Philippines
15 May 07
Yes, you have good point Lossforredwords. They fancied on eating bugs for more exotic reason. And if for protein content, there are other ways to have them. Thank you for your response and sorry for the delay in commenting back! Have a great week! (^^,)
@nowment (1758)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I had to chuckle when I saw this, and yes I put a piece of chocolate in my mouth just as I saw this. Then I read it and thought what an odd question, and then realized no I never wondered what a bug tastes like but I know that flies crunch, and as far as I know have no flavor. I was a kid, and we were having a backyard bbq. I went to take a bite of my cheeseburger and a fly flew in my mouth and landed just right so that I bit it in half when I bit my burger. I was grossed out, LOL I still prefer to eat in doors, and will tend to be careful when eating out doors. The fly crunched. It either didn't have a flavor, or it was masked by the taste of the burger. Thanks for the chuckle I appreciate it.
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• Philippines
4 Apr 07
I appreciate that my post made you chuckle. And thanks for sharing your fly experience. I chuckle too about it. Take care! Have a nice day! (^^,)
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@lani0529 (1726)
• Philippines
3 Apr 07
Hi!(",) It's me, a new friend.(",) The only exotic food that I'd tasted were forog and snake. It's true that frog tastes like chicken. It's really yummy especially when cooked as adobo though, fried frog is also delicious. I can't remember how the snake tastes like because I was very little when I tasted it. Ows, we are talking about bugs in here, I forgot. Well, is bug edible? I mean, can it be eaten? I really don't know how does it taste but, let me guess, it is somewhat bitter and metallic in taste. I am not really fond of exotic foods. There will always be enough for all of us. Don't worry about that. We don't have to eat bugs in the future, I think.hehehe. Have a nice day!(",)
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• Philippines
3 Apr 07
I hope so! (^^,LOL^^,) Thank you for responding Lani! I really appreciate it! And thank you again for the warm welcome! (^^,)
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I could never, never, try to eat bugs. Just looking at them make me sick.I could never eat snake meat either, I wouldn't even try it.I might try your salad,thats about it.
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• Philippines
3 Apr 07
It's ok. I'll spare you some fresh green flower salad. Thank you for sharing, and for adding me to your friends! (^^,)
@paidreader (5151)
• United States
2 Apr 07
LOL, some people can do it, but not me. Hopefully there will still be berries to eat or I'll starve! I will admit to wondering about it. When I was in school, there was a book I read & now there is a movie out called "How to Eat Fried Worms". It was a very amusing childrens story about a group of kids that tried to figure out the most appetising way to eat worms. Makes you wonder, but YUCK! My sister has been more adventurous though. She actually ate a grasshopper. She said the legs didn't even stick in her throat. Gives me shivers to think about it now, but it made me want to puke back then, lol. :)
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• Philippines
2 Apr 07
I have shivers too. (^^,LOL^^,) But it is fun to wonder sometimes, just wondering...(^^,LOL^^,) Thank you for sharing! I really appreciate it.!
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I would never want to taste a bug. Have you heard of Chocolate covered Ants? they acually have chocolate covered ants.
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• Philippines
28 Mar 07
Chocolate covered ants, sounds a little bit appealing, maybe I'll try some if ants are presented that way. (^^,) Thank you for chocolate covered ants! (^^,)
• Singapore
24 Mar 07
Goodness, what a yucky question! :P I have never wondered about the taste... and I don't want to taste it. I have heard though that if you fry it or add spices to it, it tastes quite good. But nah, I am not one for exotic food. :PP
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