How to Eat Fried Crickets

If someone were to tell you they would charge you 10 bucks for a plate of ants and fried potato strings you’d probably laugh and punch them in the neck. But, tell me I get to see a big band jazz ensemble with it and you might grab my attention. Well that’s exactly what I had last week at Typhoon at the Santa Monica Airport. Jason Z first told me about this restaurant a few years back and I was always curious and wanted to try it. Not only do they have a large amount of Pan Asian cuisine, like dishes from Thailand, Philippines, China, Korea, and Japan. But they serve bugs. That’s right, bugs. Ants, crickets, scorpions, waterbugs, and sea worms. They even have frog legs for good measure.

With all the shows on TV nowadays, which require you to eat bugs to survive or win some cash, eating bugs in a restaurant seems a little defeating. I should be moving on to the next round! I just ate a plate of ants! OK, so maybe my ants were served over a bed of deep fried shredded potatoes and weren’t crawling around and biting my fingers. And maybe the crickets weren’t still chirping, but were actually deep fried with some thai spices. Regardless, it was still an adventure to be eating bugs for dinner.

Not thinking we could be filled up by just eating insects, we ordered plenty of other dishes as well. Like the Korean Kal Bi, Mongolian Lamb, Filipino Grilled Pork, Scallops, Mussels, various Gyoza and any other type of meat we could find on the menu, it was all very tasty.

The Goodyear Blimp even did a drive by along the runway as we started our meal. We also got to see Tim Davies Big Band perform. Mostly brass, this 17 piece band was amazing! He plays all around town and Jim Bianco usually joins him at some point in the set for some vocal jazz stylings as well.

I won’t be craving more bugs anytime soon. Although sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go out in the yard, grab some crickets and scramble them up with some eggs. Look out Survivor Man, here I come!

*all photos credit jason z and lien ta

Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

3 Responses to “How to Eat Fried Crickets”

  1. Mom
    June 30, 2007 at 9:21 pm #

    Oooooooohhhh Yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. July 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm #

    Yeah, I can’t get myself to try that. Not even for novelty’s sake.

  3. brit
    February 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    ewwwwwwwwwwwww nooooooooooooo