Fried crickets in Kompong Thom

UV lights dot the side of the road in Kompong Thom

UV lights dot the side of the road in Kompong Thom

On the bus back to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap, we stopped off in Kompong Chnnang for a lunch break. One of the stalls at the rest stop had crickets for sale. Deep fried and salted, they are a favored snack for many Cambodians.

Usually I am not interested in them but a few days ago, I hitched a ride with the car distributing the Phnom Penh Post to Siem Reap and saw the harvesting of the crickets in Kompong Thom. Hundreds of UV lights were set up along the road to catch the crickets.

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  1. mike August 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    I hear that they taste pretty good.

    • blindeyeproductions August 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

      They aren’t too bad though I would rather not eat them than eat them. I have had some pan fried gnats in Sihanoukville that were delicious. They were heavily spiced with chili and garlic but had had a great crunchy texture along with a meaty taste. I would eat those anytime.

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