At These Pop-Up Restaurants You Can Enjoy A Five-Course Feast Of Insects | MAKING MAD

BarcroftTVPublished: September 14, 2017206 views
Published: September 14, 2017

At most restaurants you’d probably complain if you found an insect in your dinner, but at Eat Grub’s pop-up restaurants, that’s exactly the point. Selling roasted crickets with garden herbs, edible grasshoppers, insect protein powders and energy bars, Eat Grub also puts on pop-up dining experiences to promote using insects as a sustainable and delicious food source.

One of the founders Shami Radia said: "We think that actually they can be easily incorporated into people’s daily lives, instead of having nuts or crisps while watching the football you can have some roasted crickets." Along with chef Seb Holmes, co-founders Shami and Neil Whippey, devised a 5-course meal for their latest pop-up, which combined chef Seb’s love of Thai street food and the co-founders’ passion for insects. Grasshoppers, mealworms, house crickets and buffalo worms were all on the menu at the pop-up.

Seb says: "It starts with a snack, Pandan Crickets, which is like nutty, salt and pepper crickets basically. Then we go for a cricket flour Miang [Kham, a Thai snack] with fresh ginger, peanuts, coconut, served in a Betel Leaf.

"Then we have a play on tempura shrimp, with tempura grasshoppers. After that we go for a crispy Vermicelli salad with buffalo worms. Served alongside that we have a Som Tam salad, which is a green papaya salad made fresh in a pestle and mortar; we just use crispy roast crickets rather than shrimps like you would traditionally.

"Then to finish off we do a grasshopper praline ice cream.” If this menu doesn’t bring water to your mouth, we wouldn’t blame you!

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