Fried spider – Specialty of Cambodia | Cruise Mekong River

Fried spider – Specialty of Cambodia

Insect market in Cambodia

Skuon Town, one-hour-driving far from Pnom Penh Capital, is a place where the market sells many insects. Tourists can see many insects creeping in plastic pots or buckets. Besides, there are frying pans and processed insects with attractive flavor included spiders, scorpions, crickets, etc. Among them, fried spiders are the most delicious dished made of insects. Read more: Travel to Cambodia

Insect market in Cambodia

Insect market in Cambodia

The vending of fried spiders as a specialty snack is a popular attraction for tourists passing through Skuon town. The spiders are bred in holes in the ground in villages north of Skuon, or foraged for in nearby forestland, and fried in oil. It is not clear how this practice started, but some have suggested that the population might have started eating spiders out of desperation during the years of Khmer Rouge rule, when food was not enough.

Fried spiders are processed simply; however, people wanting to catch them must take a lot of effort and be careful to avoid being burned. If you were burned by a spider, you would be swollen and fever for several days.

An alive spider

An alive spider

Spiders captured directly and marinated with a little seasoning will be fries in oil with garlic. As they do not give away any part of the spiders, even after being fried, the spiders still look no different from alive ones. People eating fried spiders will feel like eating a real alive spider. Some people are afraid but this certainly is an interesting experience. Mekong river tours

A fried spider

A fried spider

Fried spiders are absolutely no horror. Their taste is like crabs. Besides, fried spiders do not contain much protein or preservatives like other fast food. Cambodian, especially children, prefer this snack. Many women even believe that eating fried spiders will help them to be more beautiful.

Tourists can easily buy fried spiders from venders

Tourists can easily buy fried spiders from venders

Since fried spider has become a specialty, Skuon town has also became a regular location and selling fried spiders has become a job of local people as well. The trays of fried spiders always invite tourists and serve right car door. And there is also a long line of cars waiting to be served this exotic dish.

The Indochina Voyages team.

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