There is no accounting for taste.

There are a lot of “food cultures” in the world. Eating habits differ, depending on the country. My mom has been working in Laos since last November, where they eat worms, insects, frogs, and small animals. Have you ever eaten any of them? Would you like to try some?

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<Fried crickets>

During her first three months there, my mom could not eat any insects at all. She was scared seeing the insects served on the table, though her Lao staff enjoyed those insects very much. After three months, however, she dared to try a small fried cricket. According to her, the fried cricket was crispy and delicious. She felt it was like eating deep fried shrimp.

It is June now. My mom has been in Laos for more than 7 months. However, she has never tried other insects, worms, frogs, or other small animals. Lao people even eat cicadas and squirrels. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promotes worms, insects, and small animals as a good source of protein, and also predicts that they will contribute to reducing food shortages in developing countries. At any rate, we should not forget that human beings receive a gift from nature, by taking the life of other creatures so that we can live.

<Shield bugs wrapped in a leaf>
<Shield bugs wrapped in a leaf>
<Shield bugs skewered on the sticks>
<Shield bugs skewered on the sticks>
<Fried silk worms>
<Fried silk worms>

<Boiled frogs>
<Boiled frogs>