Whatever your take on exotic foods, South East Asia has a fascinating array of choices, from toasted tarantulas to snake heart shots. Join me on an insider’s peek into the quirky delicacies of South East Asia, and what this culinary adventure destination has to offer.
Tarantula Kebabs in Cambodia
Crispy, crunchy legs, delicate white flesh – you could be forgiven for expecting lobster, not tarantula. This Khmer street food has rapidly gained popularity with the extreme eaters in the tourist circuit, despite having been eaten in Cambodia for a long time. It is thought they date back to the Khmer Rouge ruling when food became scarce, and locals took to frying up any source of protein that they could get their hands on.
The verdict is split on whether they are worth a try, with some taste testers repelled by the eyeball textured pus in the abdomen and hairy legs, others claiming the gooey insides of the belly is the sweetest part. These readily available arachnids are found mostly in Skuon, but you will spy them at various street vendors across Cambodia, and even some restaurants who farm the creepy crawlies to maintain stock levels.
Duck Blood Soup in Laos
Spicy, Tangy, Sour soup, all South East Asian signature flavours. If you are looking for something unique and traditionally Laotian to tempt your taste buds, try ordering the leuat paeng next time you see it on the menu. Carefully crafted from ducks blood, this speciality dish is found all around Laos, and similar raw blood soups are served up in North-Eastern parts of Thailand.
Served raw, it is an adventurous delicacy, and a dish often craved by people low in iron. And with a blend of herbs, spices, noodles and lemon it is a delicious treat – if you can … Read More...