TTMMGH – Korea edition #14

This post should actually be titled Things that make me go ewww – that would more accurately reflect my feelings about seeing these little critters.


Hello caterpillars.  Eight hours later – 90% of these were sold.

Now, I’ve seen these caterpillars sold at the street market near our house, as well as a street market in Busan.  So it’s not just some random thing – but something that actually does have some level of appeal/demand.


Yes, they are alive. And they are crawling around everywhere.

I couldn’t tell you what they do with these.  And neither could five of the Korean friends I asked.  The likely guess is that Koreans eat these, but I can’t be sure of that and it must not be that popular of a cuisine if they do eat them.  Or rather, maybe they are pets, they spin silk out of them, use them as live bait – not sure.  So…if YOU know what the heck these are for, I’d love to know too.


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6 Responses to “TTMMGH – Korea edition #14”

  1. 1 Tera June 29, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Gross…gross!! You tricked me into looking closer to see what they were!!

  2. 2 Mom June 29, 2010 at 9:26 am

    They can be fried crispy, seasoned, and used as a beer snack, yumm.
    Have you tried bosintang yet?

  3. 3 muchadoaboutlisa June 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

    You are thinking of something else. The fried, crispy, seasoned bugs are silk worms. We see those all the time and I have tried them…and I think they taste terrible. they smell bad too.

    And I haven’t tried bosintang yet…or gaegogi is another term. Not really my thing and hard to find too.

  4. 4 Dad June 30, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Protien is protien…Yum!

  5. 5 Mom June 30, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I came across the bosintag on the internet sight I was looking for the catepillars. Couldn’t trick you….glad you haven’t tried it!!!

  6. 6 micah July 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

    word from one of my teachers. These are not eaten. They are usually bought from farmers. I guess they also make silk.

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