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Where to Eat Insects in Ho Chi Minh City

Insects, bugs, and mealworms are not the everyday meals of the Vietnamese and might even be scary for some locals. However, for those brave enough to try, you can also find many restaurants or farms raising these insects to turn them into foods. It is said that insects’ protein is better than that of traditional meats, but there hasn’t been any scientific proof of this statement. Meanwhile, the dishes from these creepy creatures are still delicious to some and a popular type of food challenge. Read on to see where to eat insects in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Kinds of Insects on Plates You Can Find in Vietnam

As a tropical country with a diverse climate and wildlife, Vietnam has many edible insects and mealworms. And you will find reptiles are also on the menu of insect restaurants.

Insects: Duong Dua (Coconut Worm), De (Cricket), Bo Cap (Scorpion), Ong (bees), Ret (Centipedes), Nhen (Spider), Ruoi (a kind of clam worm), Tam To (silkworm), Nhong Ve Sau (Cicada Larvae), Ca Cuong (a type of water bug) – put dip in fish sauce for taste, and Chau Chau (Grasshoppers)

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Reptiles: Ran Moi (Lizard), Dong Cat (Sand Lizard), Ky Tom (a kind of monitor lizard), and Tac Ke (Gecko).

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Spiders, cicada, and crickets
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Scorpions and lizards
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A scorpion on a skewer

These are only a few to name, there may be more when you get deeper into the rural areas of Vietnam. The most popular and easiest-to-find kinds of protein in Ho Chi Minh City are crickets, coconut worms, scorpions, spiders, lizards, and grasshoppers.

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The most popular approach to these insects is deep-frying them after seasoning them with salt, pepper, scallion oil, herbs, and strong seasonings. The insects will be more crunchy and easy to eat that way. Some insects with hard shell-like scorpions and water bugs may be a bit hard to chew and swallow down. What’s more, some people eat live coconut worms after dipping them in fish sauce or the stir-fried version with butter and onion. Others could argue that the insects taste good and can be good for your health, while others are only in for taste challenges or dares.

Insect Restaurants – Where to Eat Insects in Ho Chi Minh City

Most insect restaurants or restaurants serving insect dishes are pretty rare in the city center and usually sell beer to accompany these dishes. Crickets are among the cheapest, while reptiles, spiders, and scorpions are the most expensive.

De Sua Rec Rec

Address:
47 Duong So 7, An Phu-An Khanh Residential Area, An Phu Ward, District 2
552 Pham Van Dong, Ward 13, Binh Thanh District
366B Cach Mang Thang Tam, Ward 10, District 3
Opening hours: 10 AM – 11 PM
Average price: VND 30,000 – VND 40,000/insect, VND 60,000 – VND 120,000/dish, depending on the kinds

In the De Sua Rec Rec restaurant chain, you can find many kinds of insects like crickets, bee larvae, scorpions, spiders, and lizards. The restaurants are most famous for their insect dishes but also have other exotic meats like frog and pig kidneys.

Huong Rung

Address: 371A Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10:30 PM
Average price: VND 20,000 – VND 60,000/worm

Huong Rung is famous for its seafood and traditional Vietnamese specialty buffet but there is also a single-item menu with other exotic meats like eel, frog, and vole – a relative of the mouse. The unique insect dishes on their menu are fried buttered and live worms in fish sauce. These worms are either from the palm tree or coconut tree.

Luong Son Quan

Address: 31 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Opening hours: 10 AM – 10 PM
Average price: VND 120,000/dish of crickets, VND 30,000/scorpion

Luong Son Quan’s menu lists many Vietnamese dishes like a roasted pig, their specialty – the grilled beef “bo tung xeo”, and exotic meats like eels, frogs, and goats. Besides the regular meals, they also serve crickets and scorpions for any customers who want to try something off the norm.

Summing up on Where to Eat Insects in Ho Chi Minh City

For some people, it is not an easy job to try eating insects. However, you will find some of these insects are not bad and could be an excellent snack to replace regular chips. To eat insects in Ho Chi Minh City, some Vietnamese may buy and cook fresh insects for themselves. You can also find many restaurants serving this particular kind of protein here and there throughout the city. Just make sure you want to eat them because some could be a little expensive and you may find them not your usual standard of good food.

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