If you are courageous enough to think of a spider as a meal, read on. In Skuon district in Cambodia, big tarantula spiders are fried whole and eaten with relish. The dish was invented during the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge, when people were forced to starve to death. The dish invented under trying circumstances has now become a tourist attraction with people visiting Skuon from far and wide to taste this frightening delicacy.
Although these little guys are fried up all over Cambodia, the Sukon Market is known for serving the tastiest fried Tarantulas and have developed a bit of a cult following – tourists and locals come to Sukon specifically to get their fix. The type of tarantula used for this snack is called a-ping and they are a palm-sized variety that are locally caught by the street vendors who sell them by the hundreds for around 8 cents USD.
To prepare them, the tarantulas are pan fried whole, with their legs and fangs still attached, with only a pinch of garlic and salt for flavor. Even though their preparation is relatively simple, people rave they have a great natural flavor and that their consistency, crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, is particularly unique and delicious.
A young Khmer girl eating deep-fried tarantula, a speciality of the Cambodian town of Skuon, north of the capital, Phnom Penh. The species is the Edible Tarantula, Haplopelma Albostriatum. A live tarantula crawls up her blouse
Amh.. My delicious dinner.