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Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Larva

Discussion in 'Food' started by gracer, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. gracer

    gracer Explorer

    Hi guys! :)

    I just want to share about something I've just learned from a local show here in my area which featured the coconut rhinoceros beetle larva locally known by the term "uok" as a very edible food for people who are exploring the outdoors. They can be found in dead coconut trunks or inside bamboo trunks and can be eaten raw or cooked depending on a person's preference. They are usually fried with soy sauce, pepper and some chili. One should remove the head first before sipping the contents of the body.

    Another version of this worm is called bamboo worms which turn into grass moths. They can be a good source of protein and iron so they're a good alternative to protein rich food.

    Photo courtesy of redhiker.blogspot.com

    This picture comes from a blog I just read where the writer has shared his experience eating them while hiking.
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  2. killeroy154

    killeroy154 Survivalist

    Yummy. Look like the cream horn pastry. I wonder if it taste like coconut cream.

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  3. gracer

    gracer Explorer

    Basing on the article I've read, it tastes fruity and juicy with some essence of peanut when eaten raw and when you grill it, it somehow tastes like juicy lychee with a gummy texture. I think for me I'd prefer grilling it instead of eating it raw though. Others would cook it like how they cook their regular dishes but frying it is one of the basic ways of cooking it. :)
  4. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    They may look yummy to you, but to me looking at them makes me feel a little sick :yuck:
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