Now today we are driving to Siem Reap, pretty much an all day drive through dozens of small villages, rice paddies, and fascinating rural scenery. Before lunch we turned off the road and drove down a long dirt lane for our next "surprise". Today the specialty of the village was tarantulas, big black hairy ones. We actually watched a lady with sparkly purple nails take a stick and dig a big mama out of a hole in the ground. She handily defanged it using a small stick, then popped it into a bowl full of creepy-crawly, very lively spiders.
We walked back to her courtyard where she used her purple thumbnail to quickly dispatch each critter by pressing hard into the thorax. Then she washed the dust off them , fired up her gas burner, and deep-fried the lot of them while we watched. Then it was our turn to eat them - oh joy! But we did. My theory is that this is my only chance to have these experiences, so with great deep breathing I went for it. The report is they are pretty delicious. The legs taste a bit like crab meat. Crunchy, salty. Once again proving my theory that anything tastes great deep fried !
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