The best weird foods and the ones you don’t know what they are until you eat them. Here’s how I tried grilled bee larvae with honeycomb.
Having sampled most of what Banlung had to offer we’d decided to head up to lake Leak Laom a volcanic lake. ‘‘Twas said it would greet us with beauty and street food vendors”
So, the lake itself was pretty enough without being much to write home about. The hawkers were mostly selling honey and Khmer beef jerky. I’ll blog about Cambodian jerky at some point, but I’m short it’s not good at all.
Neat the honey sellers I noticed honeycomb out surrounded by flies as well as people grilling stuff that was being wrapped in banana leaves. No one spoke English so I decided to just steam in. The dish would cost 5000 Rial, 1.25 USD.
To read about my first Cambodian honeycomb experience click here.
What I received was a honeycomb type thing wrapped in a banana leaf. In some ways it looked almost like corn on the cob, with black bits in the comb.
I took a bite! I was expecting something very sweet, but it was more savoury with a sweet twang. The texture was that of a sponge with the juices hitting you on impact. I’ll have to be honest and say it initially tasted like vomit, but after a few bites it grew on me. I’ve heard it described as fatty honey and I’d have to agree.
Grilled honeycomb with bee larvae or In khmer kon khmom =កូនឃ្មុំ! This is a popular snack in eastern Cambodia and indeed Laos too.
Insects, bugs and larvae might gross out westerners, but in the east it’s a tasty old snack! And of course a good source of protein!
Kun khmom =កូនឃ្មុំ
AKA honeycomb with beer larvae – not for the squeamish