Below is a classic example of some of the strange things that end up on the dinner table in Thailand. I was sitting outside when my host grandma’s friend delivered a bucket of goodies for dinner. I peered in the bucket to see a pile of tiny crabs and these strange insects:
The insect is called a ‘Malangoh’ (or something like that), they are huge, fly around in the evenings and grow big enough to eat! I think they are giant cockroaches. I was genuinely interested in these creatures and was curious to know what their fate would be after their no doubt temporary stay in the bucket… I was horrified to hear they were destined for the dinner table (or in our case, the dinner mat on the floor). I was joking around (but half serious) trying to portray to my host family that these bugs freak me out something terrible… I was making funny faces and doing actions to show them crawling on me when I am sleeping. The family thought it was a bit of a laugh and established that I am scared of ‘Malangohs’.
I didn’t get to try eating Malangoh for dinner; I think they decided to have them when I am not at home! Something I am definitely not complaining about.