Getting Americans to come around to entomophagy, the practice of consuming insects, their eggs, larvae, and pupae, is a slow process, but it is underway. Over 30 restaurants serve insects in California, a dozen more in New York, and a smattering of other states within the USA. Meanwhile, 80 percent of the world’s population already consumes a diet including insects, which begs the question: what are we waiting for?
Here are a few places for forward-thinking Angelenos to mull it over.
Typhoon is perhaps the best-known purveyor of insects in LA, and it’s the only one in town with an actual insect section on the menu. Go for the gold with the mild Singapore-style scorpions on shrimp toast or Taiwanese crickets, stir-fried in garlic, chili pepper, and basil. Sometimes there are ants and silkworm pupae on the menu as well. The creepy crawlies are proudly featured within a menu of delicacies from the Pacific Rim, including Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean, and Burmese cuisines, so you can ease yourself into the plunge with some tried-and-true favorites.
Typhoon, 3221 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA, USA, +1 310 390 6565