Students serve up maggots and worms in an insect cook-off
Recently a Chinese university in Hubei held an insect cooking contest. The university professor wanted his students to learn to discard their bias against eating bugs and appreciate the high nutritional value in insects. Teams of students competed by using various insects to cook in creative recipes.
Eighty students were divided into ten teams. Each team drew two kinds of insects from the available choices as their main cooking ingredients. The students were quite creative. Twenty five kilos (about 55 pounds) of locusts, maggots, bamboo worms, and bee larvae were consumed by 300 tasters at the event.
One popular dish was stir-fried bamboo worms with celery, and it was named "In the Spring" for its light flavor. Another team carved out cucumbers to make them look like bamboo sticks and stuffed with bamboo worms. They then braised the cucumbers with a sauce and named the dish, "Ten Thousand Arrows."
The most popular dish was "Golden Dumplings" using a mixture of bee larvae with eggs, cabbage and mushrooms as the filling. Eaters said the dumplings were very tasty but also admitted it was easier to eat because they couldn't actually see the insects. Not surprisingly, the least popular were the maggots even though they were stir-fried into a beautiful looking dish called "Golden Romance."
The professor stressed that all these insects were farm-raised and not wild caught, so they were safe to eat.
According to the final vote, the winning team won with fried locusts. That sounds just really crunchy yummy!