During a post-dim sum exploration of Hong Kong supermarket yesterday, I noticed these disturbing bottles of "Water Giant Bug Essence." Ecccchhhh... WHY?!
I have a serious issue with insects. I'm up for eating most things, but can't stomach the bugs. I couldn't even read the Wikipedia page I found after an Internet search because of the photographs on it. But I did find a couple of more benign pages with a little info--apparently the essence of these bugs is used in certain Thai, Vietnamese, and Laotian dishes. I really, really hope nobody EVER tells me that something I'm eating contains this stuff...I think I'd freak.