Korean Beondegi

Sold in any popular market in Korea, this national treat tastes like chestnuts, soy beans, and mushrooms. Even though it has a particular nutty taste, beondegi is nothing else than silk worm larvae boiled. Its smell is very strong, memorable, and very appealing. This rich meal in proteins is better accompanied with drinks after work. Usually, it is cooked with sugar and soy sauce until they are soft enough not to crunch.

These larvae live and eat the inside of trees, so one can distinguish certain woody smell during the preparation. Beondegi can be also found canned in any supermarket, and even though they are very popular among koreans, tourists don’t quite well enjoy the taste of this worms.