Here in America, the consumption of bugs isn't exactly something that's considered commonplace or normal, but over in places like Africa, Asia, Australia and Thailand, the practice of Entomophagy is hardly one that makes others bat an eye. As gross as it may sound, eating certain insects has actually been proven to be quite healthy for us humans, and bugs are considered by many to be an alternative protein source to animal livestock.
As reported by Click 2 Houston, experimental chefs here in America are starting to play around with the idea of eating bugs, and one of those chefs is Rishi Singh, who serves up meals at Houston's Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar. While bugs are typically pests in the restaurant world, contaminating food and scaring off customers, Singh willingly brings them into the kitchen, cooking them up the same way he does other ingredients.
"I don't think that we should treat these sorts of items as novelty here," said Singh. "I think they should be considered like serious cooking ingredients and that's something definitely I've been trying to focus upon."
Singh's bug-infused dishes include a pizza topped with silkworms and another that uses crickets in the place of pepperonis, and Houston food critic Dutch Small says that the revolting-looking dishes are actually quite tasty. "The bugs are delicious for one thing," Small said. "I have to tell you, it's not really a novelty thing. It's more of a serious culinary investigation."
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