A Special Oktoberfest at Bangkok


Do you recall my assertion that the Sam Khok diet had run its course? That the Sam Khok diet was dead as a door nail? That I had given up all hope of finding fried baby frogs the size of grasshoppers?

You might then imagine how thrilled I was to stumble across a vendor with assorted trays of fried insects and that most elusive of delicacies, fried baby frogs. So I chose to celebrate this auspicious find with a 20 baht purchase of frogs and crunchy mantis (or similar insect). Let’s call this a Bangkok-style Oktoberfest.

What did I think of the frogs? Insects of course I have eaten many times before. Crunchy, savory, and something I would have again. You may recall my recommendation of Australian shiraz to accompany grilled field rat? I find a English brown ale or a German dunkel to be the ideal companion to fried baby frog. These were served with a splash of soy sauce and black pepper.

See my reaction here in another classic video.



http://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf?v=71377 I was shocked that the frogs were only ten baht, so for just twenty baht I got a plate full of tasty insects and frogs. That’s right, all this for less than the price of a cup of coffee. When we consider that one rat may cost nearly 100 baht, to get the frogs, which I can actually eat, for only ten baht seems like a steal. And they are fun to eat too, as one can almost imagine them jumping around on the plate. Try playing with potato chips like toy soldiers. Not easy, is it?