Beondegi – Korean silkworm pupa

canned food

I got this can of mystery food in Busan and had it last night for supper. I call it mystery food coz I still don’t know what it is. I don’t read Korean and since I bought this in Korea, there are no English translations anywhere.

Update: I have found out what this is! =D It’s Beondegi - Korean silkworm pupa. It’s a very popular snack in Korea and can be found in convenience stores in cans, where I got mine.

korean canned food

It looks remarkably similar to cockroach larvae right?

cockroach larvae

Exhibit A

Update: I emailed the photo below to the Korea Air flight crew that I met and she translated it for it – it is Beondegi (Silkworm). Mmm…I’m so glad I accidentally purchased this! =D

Beondegi Korean silkworm pupa

I would have dedicated a longer post if I knew it was silkworm pupa though, but worry not, I have ANOTHER CAN (had the foresight to get two – haha) so I’ll do a cooking post with that one. :) 

It’s crunchy too, just like how cockroach egg casings sound when you step on it. I found it quite delicious actually.

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20 thoughts on “Beondegi – Korean silkworm pupa

  1. J: Silkworms eh! Very nice, I shall forward the photo immediately to the flight crew I got to know on the Korea Air and get them to translate. I shall do more research!
    Cheers mate! :)

  2. Eeeewww. Damn HB. You should consider competing in Amazing Race Asia. I’m sure you would pass any eating obstacles with flying colours.

  3. i think its like eating sago worm, butterfly larvae in Sarawak, eating inserts in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and eating beetle in Philippines. I don’t mind trying too. Guess I’d love it too :)

  4. J: You’re right!!!
    Thanks for the heads up! I got the Korean words translated. =D
    dneez jf: It’s apparently very popular there as a snack during drinks. :)
    Cheers: …but it won’t even be “obstacles” for me – I can eat anything. ;)
    xes: Hmm…the taste of this one is a bit hard to put down. The texture is different though – kind crunchy, with bits that stick to your mouth. :)
    Chingy: Come Chingy, let’s cook it with maggi mee! =D
    Momon: Haha! No problem, ask me anytime, I’ll post up gross photos or weird food. ;)
    jg: Yeah, exactly! Apparently, it’s sold on the streets too but we didn’t see it coz we didn’t have much time to walk around. :)
    Not that we’ll have known what it was anyway, I don’t know why but a lot of Koreans don’t speak English at all. :S
    debbie: It’s surprisingly good! Wanna try? :)

  5. tzia: Why??? It’s good stuff Tzia! Okay, you’re going to Singapore right? Remind me to bring it so I can share it. Haha! :)
    KY: What is beef pupa? Maggots? Bull testicles? :)
    foodcrazee: The plan is to cook with it. You want to try? I don’t know if this is available here but I’m not wasting my last can so I’m going to hold a cookout at my new place. Email me if you want to try. :)
    ahlost: Hmm…it’s not worm, it’s worms before they became worms. ;)
    It’s good stuff! I wish I was in Kuching, would be able to show you how good it is. =D

  6. AWWWWWW!!!!!! y ahhh!! huhuhuhu.. T.T ur blog is good for my diet plan wei..! muahahahahaha!!
    How does it taste like?? salty?? sweet?? Hmmm… Spicy??? Hmm.. soft?!! HUhuhUHuhu! and u din heat it up to eat.. omg……………………

  7. yienyien: Haha! It’s not that bad actually, tastes pretty good. It’s hard to describe the taste, easier for the texture.
    It is crunchy like cereal but sticks to the roof of your mouth.
    T_T Ya, I didn’t heat it up but I have ANOTHER CAN. :)

  8. eiling: Haha! OMG you’re observant! How did you know I was using the KFC coleslaw/mashed potatos spoon? =D
    I think I was half naked. I can’t really remember. ;)

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