Monday, November 26, 2018

Roaches, Anyone?

Did you read my Tuesday’s post “Edible Bugs Hit Supermarket Shelves”? 

It’s not just Sainsbury's – other UK retailers including Fortnum & Mason, Planet Organic and Selfridges have also started stocking edible bugs. 

The online grocer Ocado sell Eat Grub’s protein bars made of cricket powder, while the French supermarket group Carrefour have started selling bug-based products from the Jimini’s range in more than 300 of their stores in Spain. The products include spicy chilli buffalo worms and insect-based energy bars, pasta and granola. 

But as BBC News (November 19, 2018) admitted: "Consumer disgust" remains a large barrier in many Western countries. 

According to UK’s The Guardian (November 17, 2018), chefs have reported some success in encouraging their diners to tuck into creepy-crawlies. 

Archipelago restaurant in central London has cricket and locusts on its menu, bought in bulk frozen from a supplier on the Isle of Wight. And diners at Heston Blumenthal’s Michelin-starred Fat Duck restaurant can savour mealworms from the Netherlands in edible soil in a savoury “woodlands-themed” dish – part of its £325 tasting menu. 

Bugs are an excellent accompaniment to rice, noodles and pasta! Really! 

I challenge you to try these!

Nasi lemak lipas. A fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, served with side dishes like hard-boiled egg, roasted peanuts, anchovies, slices of cucumber and crispy roaches

Ginger roach and mushroom steamed rice.

Teochew porridge. A rice porridge meal often accompanied with side dishes. Here we have roasted peanuts, bitter gourd and roaches.

Mee kari. Yellow noodles in a curry broth and a choice of tau pok, bean sprouts, long beans and roaches. 

Char kuey teow. Flat rice noodles fried with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, bean sprouts, Chinese chives, blood cockles and roaches.

Roach pasta with Neapolitan sauce. 

Garlic roach pasta. 

You should already know by now that my favorite bugs are roaches! LOL!

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