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Eating Live Larvae Coconut Worm – Bizarre Vietnamese Street-Food

Back in December we decided it was time to try one of the most bizarre Vietnamese street-food ever, the coconut worm (đuông dừa or Live Larvae Coconut Worm). The Rhynchophorus Ferrugineus (Its poetic name given by the scientist community) is a relatively large beetle living in the forest of South East Asia, a real threat for plantations as it lays its eggs inside palm and coconut trees which can be completely eaten from the inside by the larvae. Yet this worm is considered as a delicacy in South Vietnam for its sweet coconut taste and is usually eaten alive with chili sauce:

 

 

So what do you think of the Vietnamese coconut worm? Have you ever tried some of the other bizarre Vietnamese food, such as the balut (hột vịt lộn, the infamous duck embryo) or the Tiết canh (Vietnamese blood soup)? Tell us in the comments below!

 

 

fred wilson
Currently lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He spends his free time exploring the streets of Saigon searching for delicious traditional Vietnamese food.

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  • Charlie Sommers

    Never ate a coconut worm but wouldn’t mind trying one. I loved the baluts that were available in the Philippines and although I have never had blood soup I would certainly not mind giving it a try. I am fond of a Korean blood sausage (sundai). I wish I was still young enough to travel, I haven’t been in Southeast Asia for 48 years now.

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