Delicious, ready-to-eat giant water bugs, frozen fresh to seal in the flavor

A redditor of Vietnamese descent discovered these giant water bugs in her/his mother's freezer, put there "to scare me."

My Vietnamese mom had these in the freezer to scare me. It worked. ( (via Neatorama)



  1. Yet other aquatic arthropods are considered normal food.  Still, I have to say the difference between crustaceans and insects is a pretty major variance in the ratio of chitin to meat.

    I thought the guys on the bottom right were cockroaches, now I think they probably are water beetles.  Nonetheless!  I can’t kill cockroaches that size (of which there are plenty in Thailand) with a shoe, not sure how I’m suppose to bite through any insect that big.

  2. These are actually a lot closer to eating lobster than you’d think — you can pop open the carapace and excavate the tasty little flight muscles, like tiny chicken nuggets. As SumAnon says, surprisingly tasty — a little pungent, with hints of pear. 

    Not bad for crazed alien underwater killing machines. 

    1.  Good to know. I’ve never been able to understand people eating bugs outside of survival situations, not because “ew, bugs”, but because I don’t get why anyone would eat something that’s mostly indigestible exoskeleton. It’s like eating crab or shrimp without shelling it first, or eating the rind and stem of a pineapple. Your anecdote makes these seem a lot more edible.

  3. Normally I don’t go for all-out profanity at Boing Boing, but I speak from the heart and probably for many others here when I say:  Fuck That Shit!

  4. I know it may only be a result of my upbringing that I find eating that gross but, man, my upbringing did a really good job.

  5. I had these last time I was in Thailand.  Once I worked up the nerve to try them, they’re actually not bad at all.  I was pleasantly surprised.

  6.  N.B. “Giant water bug” is a totally different species (actually, a different order) of insect from the cockroaches commonly called “water bugs” in some parts of the U.S.

    I had to look that up just now, in order to not flail and shriek at the idea of enormous cockroaches all packaged up for eating. This is not that. Thank God.

    I have eaten crickets in jambalaya — very crunchy, didn’t taste like much. Once I got over the “ZOMG I’m eating BUGS” mental hurdle, it was pretty anticlimactic. I could not bring myself to eat mealworms, although I suspect they taste just as non-terrifying as crickets.

    I think I could eat giant water bugs if I pretended very very hard they were crabs.

    1. I prepared and ate mealworms as part of a project back in college.  They taste remarkably like Doritos.  That…always worried me a little.

      1.  I would be reassured, I imagine mealworms are likely healthier than the professed contents of Doritos. 

  7. I’ve seen them in a Thai grocery.  They were packaged like that and sold frozen.  I always assumed you fry them up tempura style. 

    1. My mind can expand only so far before it splits its casing, molts my skull, and scuttles under the tool shed.

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