Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ento Whole Roasted Crickets

Move over, Pringles; pass us the slow-roasted crickets - Ento might be Malaysia's first homegrown brand of insect-based commercial snacks, touted as Mother Nature's superfood.

Ento's packaging explains the environmental benefits of eating crickets, emphasising their sustainability - they require up to 14 times less land, 15 times less water and 12 times less feed than various farmed livestock, especially beef. Plus, crickets reputedly contain three times more protein than beef and are relatively high in calcium, potassium, vitamin B12 and fibre.

These crickets are "farmed in controlled environments," according to Ento. For the truly entomophobic, the Texas BBQ flavour is the best bet, with a sweet-savouriness similar to Twisties, spiced with black pepper powder, onion, garlic and cumin. Close your eyes and dig in - the insects are whole-roasted, direct from farm to roastery, so they're clearly crickets, with a gritty, nutty earthiness characterised by Ento as a cross between shrimp and toasted almonds.

The Salted Egg Yolk seasoning is mild, so it probably masks the crickets' natural flavour the least. The third choice is Korean Kimchi, with a spiciness that distracts you from how you're munching on an assortment of leathery legs, antennaes and wings.

Each 25-gram packet of these crispy critters costs RM19.90 and can be ordered on ento.my


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10 comments:

  1. I had some awesome Singaporean salted egg snacks recently...but they certainly weren't crickets! O_O I think your advice is a good one...close your eyes and dig in. But I can't...I'm a wuss..I can't help but think of the creepy legs and big eyes when I'm chewing...even if they do turn out to be a tasty (and very nutritious) snack! :P

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    1. Contact.ewew: heheh, i've always agreed that prawns are basically the cockroaches of the ocean - so maybe think of these crickets as the prawns of the earth! :D

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  2. Oh dear Lord! Even cricket snack can't escape from being salted egg-yolked! hee..hee... Wow, I am wondering if I should give myself a Fear Factor snack challenge. I am just worried about the natural taste of the crickets. I have seen them in my house (must have sneaked in from my garden) but I don't know how they smell, unlike cockroaches which I know are stinky.

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    1. PH: ooo, i know exactly what you mean about the cockroach smell, which all of us loathe - but no worries, these crickets don't have that stink, heheh :)

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  3. Eyewwwwww!!!! But then again, I had roasted cockroaches when I was young - a cure of asthma, they said. LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yikes! but then, cockroach allergens can also trigger asthma, others say! :)

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  4. Someone just asked my kids the other day if they have eaten exotic things like crickets.... haha do you think I should let them try this? :P

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    1. Baby Sumo: i think you definitely could! insects are supposed to be the food of the future, so your kids can get a head start now! :D

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  5. No!!! No matter how delicious your description, I'm not going to put those crickets into my mouth!!!!

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, maybe we could cover them with chocolate :D

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