Bug Ap­pétit

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In­sects in the Back­yard, one of Bangkok’s hottest new restau­rants, should re­ally be called In­sects in the Kitchen. Lo­cated in the buzzy Changchui art hub, it’s on a mis­sion to take the yuck fac­tor out of eat­ing bugs and to per­suade peo­ple that in­sects can be a healthy, eco-friendly and de­li­cious ad­di­tion to their di­ets. You’ll need a strong stom­ach for some of the dishes, such as crab ravi­oli served with a leggy, crunchy gi­ant water bee­tle, but other menu items are less in­tim­i­dat­ing. In­sects are care­fully dis­guised in lots of the dishes, such as beurre blanc sauce in­fused with ant eggs, so you don’t even re­alise you’re eat­ing six-legged crit­ters. A crowd favourite is the house-made cricket pasta with black basil pesto and chorizo (pic­tured). If the fact that your pasta is made from cricket pow­der isn’t enough, you can have silk­worms sprin­kled on top.

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