Ant Eggs and Tadpoles (The Many Tastes of Thailand)

In last week’s post I promised photos highlighting oft-overlooked Thai dishes.

As you might’ve guessed from the title, this is that post.

Below are 16 photos. I sorted them roughly from most ordinary to most unusual.

These photos may make you queasy. I won’t hold it against you very much if you choose to close your browser window before reaching the bottom.

You’ve been warned.

Mango smoothie

Mango smoothie

That went down easily enough, didn’t it? Continuing on …

Delicious Spiced Bread

Delicious Spiced Bread

Okay, you got me: This one isn’t Thai food. But my hosts in Chiang Mai baked it and it tasted every bit as delicious as it looks. Consider it a warm-up for the intestine-twisting delights to come.

Thai Fruit Wine

Thai Fruit Wine

And out come the chickens!

Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice

Pad Thai with Chicken

Pad Thai with Chicken

Sticky Rice and Chicken

Sticky Rice and Chicken

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Yes, chickens were eaten in the making of this blog post. In fact I may even have a jumbo-size tub of fried chicken sitting on my hairy belly right now — not that I would tell you if I did.

Need a cool beverage to wash down all that poultry?

Don’t worry. Refreshments are on the way.


Thai Milk Tea

Thai Milk Tea

Thai milk tea is amazingly orange. It’s also amazingly sweet and creamy. That makes it amazingly dangerous to your waistline.

Anyhow, moving right along …

There are only a couple more dishes before this blog post starts getting dicey. Proceed with caution.

Rice, Egg, and Veggies

Rice, Egg, and Veggies

Pork and Beans

Beans and Pork

Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream

Here’s some ice cream. Think of it a bribe. Don’t hesitate to take it and walk away while your lunch is still resting peacefully inside your belly.

This is your final warning.

Fish

Fish

Yes. That’s what it looked like before I started eating it.

The bones can be killers. Literally. If a bone gets lodged in your throat you’re in trouble.

Beans and Pork, Tadpole Stew, and ...

Beans and Pork, Tadpole Stew, and …

On the right we have green beans and pork. You already saw them a few photos ago.

On the left we have a spicy paste made of greens and tadpoles. You know, tadpoles. Those baby frogs without legs. I suppose that makes this dish the opposite of that quintessential French delicacy, frog legs.

And what’s that on top?

I’m glad you asked. How about we zoom in for a closer look …

Ant Eggs!

Ant Eggs

Here you are: Ant eggs!

The white bits are ant eggs, while the yellow is chicken egg. My host pan-fried them together to make something of an omelet.

You must be wondering what the ant eggs look like before they’re cooked. Fear not …

Raw Ant Eggs

Raw Ant Eggs

Feelin’ hungry?

That’s what I thought.

I was lucky enough to see how the ant eggs are harvested. The ants actually live in nests that hang from trees, much like bee nests. To harvest the eggs you take a long pole, reach it up into the tree, and shake the eggs loose from the nest.

Alright. You’ve made it this far. You’ve done better than I expected. You deserve a special treat.

Dairy Queen Blizzard

Dairy Queen Blizzard

Taiwan doesn’t have Dairy Queen, but Thailand does.

I hadn’t had a Blizzard in ages. This one wasn’t half bad.

Sometimes you gotta venture even farther away from home to discover what you’ve been missing.

Henry Olsen

Writer, adventurer, and humble servant of the universe since 1986.