Ever had that list of things you need to do before you die, also known as the bucket list?
Well my sister is obsessed with fulfilling her bucket list and on that long list of hers is eating insects and I mean those weird freaky ones (THE FREAKIER THE BETTER).😆 She found one here in Tokyo and at that time I wasn’t emotionally ready to dive into that but one day, i felt spontaneous and invited another friend who was very willing to join me to eat these crawly creatures! WooHoo!!
Found in Takadanobaba, Shinjuku is a Myanmar Restaurant called Nong Inlay and they have been serving Burmese dishes in Tokyo for more than 15 years.
You can access this area by taking the JR Takadanobaba Station and then take the Waseda exit and on the other side of the street you can see an old building (see the photo above) and inside on the 1st floor is the restaurant.
As we got in the restaurant there were barely any costumers which was good because we would probably cause a scene as to how we eat the insects and I personally don’t like having people noticing that.😆
First, we checked out the insect menu and sadly out of four dishes only two were available – the cricket and caterpillar. These delicacies are usually eaten as snacks or as an appetizer. The latter being in our case.
These caterpillars also known as ‘Bamboo Borers’ inhabit bamboo groves; hence, the explanation of how they got their names. Served deep fried style, crunchy, kind of salty and it leaves an after taste that is not disgusting but I have no idea what I just placed inside my mouth.😅
Next we had “Fried Crickets”, I feel like this dish is not as unique as I thought it would be. I’ve heard a lot of stories from friends that they have tried this before and that this can be found in a lot of places. Yet, I still ordered to personally give it a try.
Umm.. I also have no idea what this taste like, it isn’t bad but it tastes better than the caterpillar, that I can assure you. 😂
Last but not the least, we ordered real edible human food that our taste buds can understand! Haha!!
I don’t think I recommend you having insect eating in your bucket list but hey! life is so much more fun if you spice up that list. Even just a little bit! 😈