Yours truly snacking in Skuon, Cambodia
At the same time, due to a synergy of the regime's intense focus on self-sufficiency, social engineering and unorthodox, ideologically driven farming methods widespread famine broke out. There weren't too many dining options at this point. As necessity is the mother invention and adaptability is one the key human traits for survival, people began to discover alternate food sources. One
The head and legs are eaten first, followed by the meaty abdomen, although some claim this is the best part. I'd have to agree, despite the initially off-putting appearance, they are yumbolicious, much like a soft shell crab. Which, incidentally, is a close relative, so it makes sense that they would have a similar flavor. So once over the initially disconcerted feeling it gave me, I bit in and enjoyed the crispy, fried sort of nutty tasting goodness which reminded me of eating soft shells in Louisiana... surprisingly, not bad at all!
|Spider vendor... I could hardly contain my excitement as the bus rolled into Skuon as I had read about the custom of eating spiders and eagerly awaited to taste the unusual delicacy.|
|The head and legs are usually eaten first. Many passing on the meatier abdomen, although locals enjoy this part the most.|
|Frying renders the venom inert.|