Derek Eats That! Cockroaches

“Don’t be afraid of what I eat — be afraid of what I won’t eat.” Of course eating cockroaches is not quite as delicious as you might think. (And this is coming from someone who has eaten bull penis, raw cobra hearts and goat brain, among other things.)

New episode of Derek Eats That! .... cockroaches

Why did you eat cockroach?

Why not? My friend’s wife’s Thai family was coming in from Isan (the most rural and non-touristy province in Thailand) and they brought with them a bunch of fresh bugs from the village.

Derek Freal eating cockroaches

  Remember: eat village bugs, not city bugs. Big difference.

Same goes when eating rat. (But I’ll save that video for next week.) 😉 City bugs and rats live off trash and shit, whereas villages critters are all natural. Just think of village bugs and rats as the upscale organic version.

How do you cook cockroaches?

We pan-fried them using a little bit of vegetable. Just a quick light fry to give them more of a crunch. Simple as that.

Derek Freal eating cockroaches

What do cockroaches taste like?

First off, the head and body have two completely different tastes. The head is surprisingly hard and difficult to chew/swallow. The body is filled with a little bit of stuffing (cockroach guts I hope — would rather not think about all the worse things the alternatives could be) and is much chewier. Dare I even say more tasty than the top half of the body?

(Unfortunately this is about as descriptive as my culinary writing gets — there is a reason I’m not a food blogger) 😉

Derek Freal eating cockroaches


Would you eat cockroach again?

Short answer: no with a ‘but’. Long answer: yes with an ‘if’.

Maybe somebody out there knows of a better way to prepare cockroach — or of a more delicious cockroach species then whatever is found in the forests of Isan.

New episode of Derek Eats That! .... cockroaches

And now finally…..the video. Enjoy!

Just don’t blame me if you lose your appetite after watching it 😉

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About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

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