Want to eat at some seriously futuristic restaurants in Los Angeles? It’s not rocket-themed booths or virtual severs that make these grub spots ahead of their time, it’s the creepy, crawly foods! Many people believe that when it comes to nutrition, bugs are the future. We’re sort of running out of the resources to produce any other type of protein source. These restaurants are way ahead of the curve and are serving up things you almost stepped on today. Here is where you can eat insects in LA.
Silkworm Soup at Mok Maru Jong Sul Jip
You wanted authentic Korean food (right?) and you got it. At Mok Maru Jon Sul Jip, the not-quite-a-restaurant-more-like-a-cigar-lounge in Koreatown, you can get piping hot soup made with silkworm. Served up in a cauldron, this dish will make you wonder if you’re in a witch’s brewery.
Beetle Juice (Literally) at Night + Market Song
At popular Thai restaurant Night + Market (now with locations in West Hollywood and Silver Lake) you might want to grab a side of Nam Prik, a spicy chili dip, to add flavor to your noodles or curry. And when you do, you might notice something a little different about it—it’s made with crushed beetles. The bug apparently mimics the flavor of anise (similar to fennel) and texturizes this otherwise soft sauce.
A Different Kind of Lettuce Wrap at Typhoon
At Typhoon in Santa Monica, you can wet your appetite on dried worms seasoned with ginger, Thai chili peppers, peanuts and lime, wrapped in lettuce. The spicy, crunchy worms create a tasty contrast with the cool, crisp lettuce. They offer several insect dishes, including Scorpions in shrimp sauce and Ants on potatoes.
Cricket Tacos at Petty Cash
These are actually off the menu at Petty Cash, so you’ll have to especially request them. But what better to go with your grasshopper guacamole? At this Oaxacan restaurant you can get tacos stuffed with prawns, avocado, adobo salsa, pickled red onions and whole crickets. It’s spicy, soft, crunchy and creamy all in one bite.
I wonder what we’ll be called in the future anyways—Cricketarians?
Where do you go in LA for your favorite insect dish? Any great spots we missed? Let us know in the comments!