The BEETLE'S Greatest Hits
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July 11th, 2009 – by: kels162164
Our second full day in Bangkok began with a train ride to the weekend market, where 150,000 people visit every weekend. At first, we were overwhelmed by all the dollar store style items being marketed strictly to western tourists. We took a breath and plowed through those areas to find some pretty cool hidden gems like boat-shaped xylophones and hand-made tapestries. As the covered "indoor" areas - with no ventilation - incited gallons of sweat instantly, we didn't do much shopping.
We took a different train back from the market and ended up somewhere unknown. With a zen mindset, we went with the flow and just wandered around the area for a bit. Then it was dinnertime and we decided to try an Indian place recommended by Lonely Planet. We flagged a tuk-tuk who tried to charge us 200 baht ($6). Absurd! Should be no more than 50 baht ($1.50). As we argued with him, our fate came a-callin: a new and improved bug cart. We sent the tuk-tuk driver on his way.
This bug cart came boasting bigger grasshoppers, some small frogs, and... HUGE BEETLES! These things were 4-5 inches long and about 2 inches wide.
At that point, Kelsey had the brilliant idea to videotape me. On camera, I have a history of being more - let's say brave - than I would otherwise. After a short speech, I crunched down on the largest beetle Kelsey or I have ever seen. The flavor was not bad at all! It was crunchy and chewy at the same time, and as meaty as the cricket (had the cricket been 10 as big). Mentally though, I was struggling. I could still feel its legs on my tongue and its mouth-feeler-thingies in between my cheek and my bottom teeth. After many chews and a tough mental battle, I swallowed the front half; the back half was still in my hand! At that point, its abdomen was no match for me. A quick toss in the mouch, and I soon defeated the mighty giant beetle. Would I do it again? Yes. Would I have to videotape it again to make sure I don't chicken out? Definitely.
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