Chef Eats: Bugs!

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When I woke up Wednesday morning, I read my daily morning news and I came across an article about, Pestaurant, a loving name given to a lunch event hosted by Occidental grill in DC.

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The event was a fundraiser to support DC Central Kitchen, sponsored by Rentokil. The company donated $5 for anyone who tried an insect.

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I was so excited to go that, without hesitation, I posted online asking friends to join me. Many friends wanted to go, but since it was such a short notice, I was only able to get 4 friends to join me.

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We were the first group to get there and to try everything on their menu.

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We also participated in their cricket eating contest.  The grasshopper, was our first bite and it was my favorite! I topped my burger with as many locusts as I could, accompanied with “fries” which were buffalo worms. There were Mexican spiced meal worms,  roasted crickets, and for dessert we had white chocolate ant rounds and scorpion lollipops.

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My friends and I ate with no fear because it didn’t “bug” us at all. Especially me, growing up I was eating many different kinds of insects in Laos.

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One of us, (I won’t say who!) actually enjoyed it so much that they went for a second burger. The chef at the Occidental Grill did a great job, creating such a very tasty menu.

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When we got to the contestant table for the cricket eating contest, I was so confident that I would make it through to first or second place, but I was wrong. I lost! All in all I had fun.

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Consuming insects is already a part of the daily diet in South East Asia, as well as other parts of the world.  As matter of fact a few years ago, Laos and the UN launched an edible inserts project to boost farming and harvesting for consumption to fight poverty, malnutrition, hungers and environmental benefit.

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Will I do it again? Off course! You’ll see me hopping out of my kitchen for any event, like this one for any good cause!

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