Fried Beef Vegetables with Red Fire Ants and Grilled Snake

There are so many strange foods here that it’s amazing. Look totally hideous and disgusting at first sight….and second and third….(absolutely no offense meant to anyone’s eating culture-just my personal private thoughts) but after a couple of beers and someone else chomping away happily at it in front of you, the curiosity of how does it taste (once I get over the fact of how it looks) does get the better of me.


The picture above isn’t of the snake I ate-I didn’t think to take a picture because I was so intrigued at eating snake:-)

I’ve tried a beef dish with red fire ants and it was actually delicious!! The ant legs between the teeth are a bit strange but only after someone tells you that it’s ants we are eating :-)! They add a delicious sour taste to the dish. Could’ve just as easily been a sour fruit (except for the legs)! And grilled snake was actually much tastier than I expected. I didn’t know it was snake. Looked like bits of charcoal grilled meat that could’ve been anything!! And when I finally understood that it was snake  (oh how exciting:-)) I was over the moon that it tasted good. A friend told me he tried it and the meat was tough. I guess it depends how one cooks it??

Anyway, I won’t make any new friends on my blog when I mention that I’m really looking forward to trying grilled dog (yes they eat that here too)! A friend said when I go to visit his family in his village, we will eat some!

I definitely couldn’t kill a dog, then cut it up, grill it and eat it (unless of course world war 3 happened and my survival depended in it; but then I think I could kill and eat anything)! Cooking bits of meat that look like meat is much easier. I saw dead snakes in the market. Within 5 minutes of seeing them someone had already bought them. They looked quite terrifying even dead. And even the thought of having to skin the not-so-edible but deadly looking “dead” reptile makes me go all squeamish and blue/green……… know what I mean?? But then again I am curious. I want to watch someone else do it…..and then give me the bits of meat to cook. That’s the extent of my adventurousness so far when it comes to cooking new food (animals, insects??).

I read somewhere that they eat bull’s testicles……I mean do they squeeze them out beforehand or do you get a cream filling with the meatballs?? (sorry I couldn’t help it:-)).

Anyway I am miles and miles from home in a place that is my home for now and who knows what is waiting for me around the corner on my culinary adventures??

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8 thoughts on “Fried Beef Vegetables with Red Fire Ants and Grilled Snake

  1. Wow! Yes, you are right about the balls, people do eat them across the globe, even some groups here in the States, it’s disgusting. Snake? No way, I could not eat that. I have to admit, this post was a gagger for me Mr.

    Where are you right now? I am curious. Are you taking pictures of where you are? If so, can you post them?

    • I’m still in Siem Reap, Cambodia! I’ve posted some pics in my running posts!! There’ll definitely be more to come. Gruesome ones too:-)

  2. hi there,
    in my perspective, it’s your culinary instinc lead you to “understand” the unusual food..
    which i do oo..
    actually it’s easier when the extremes think prepared well in taste, yet presentation
    frog leg, soft shell turtle, gator lizard, etc, u name it..
    mostly chinese descent menus were suite for that stuffs
    and i like sweet and sour deep fried snake too…..

  3. I’ve only just started on the “weird food” I grew up in London and the didn’t have a chance to try all the wonderful and strange things available here. And China is definitely on my list a year or 2 from now!!

    • well, u should know about bush market in london…….
      rLondon is one of the biggest importir of bush meat and anykind of extreme..
      i’ve been told by my sibling who lives there n just googling where the exact place in London

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