Beondgi, or boiled silkworm is a popular Korean snack sold by street vendors across the land. You always know when you are approaching someone selling a nice boiling pot of silkworms as the smell is something you will not mistake for anything else.  In fact you may not even think the smell you are smelling is food. (Ummm, because it IS NOT - it's bugs, FREAKING BUGS!)

For years I have avoided putting one of these tasty treats in my mouth.  The smell alone is enough to make one cringe, and you guys know I will eat most anything, including yummy delicious (not) snake eggs in Cambodia. I like pushing myself to do things and most of the time I feel proud...I tried it, I did it!  I conquered the beast!
These silkworms though....they were a bigger beast than I was hoping for....
Crunchy on the outside and as you bite down they squirt.  They squirt NASTY bits of squishy slime that I can only imagine to be yellowish green in color into your cheeks.  The taste just resonates in your mouth, growing larger and louder by the millisecond.   It makes you want to gag and really makes you think that cutting out your tongue is a good idea.  It is that bad.  This is a taste that stays with you for hours.  Even makali can't cut that taste....

So, what are you waiting for?  Go out and find yourself a ajumma selling a big pot of beondegi  and have a taste.  Just make sure you have a big bottle of soju to wash it down with.

Oh, and just swallow, don't bite.

With love from Korea.
Melissa
10/7/2013 06:54:50 am

Gross! I am grossing out just thinking about it! I will stick to eating food!

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Andrea
10/7/2013 06:55:27 am

The smell of them grosses me out so I can only imagine how it tastes.

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Jamie
10/7/2013 06:56:57 am

Idk that was the first time you tried them! You are a bigger person than me... Good for you

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Rachel
10/7/2013 06:59:11 am

I've tried to gather the nerve a time or two and then decided I needed to be a little closer to home in case they wanted back out! Good on ya for trying them! I think I'll erase trying silk worms from my to do list!

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Heather
10/7/2013 07:10:53 am

Way to go!! I tried them also, reminded me of a boiled peanut without the yummy taste.

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Christy
10/7/2013 07:11:24 am

osh...I could live here 100 years and I STILL wouldn't touch them. You are a brave brave woman!

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Candace
10/7/2013 07:16:23 am

I was wondering when we were going to see these pics!

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Cheyenne
10/7/2013 07:28:26 am

Best.post.everrrr.!! :)

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Emily Jean
10/7/2013 10:24:49 am

rad! i still haven't done it. so much respect!

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Teresa
10/7/2013 10:36:41 am

Nope. Never. I love Marcille's face in the background

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Marcille
10/7/2013 10:37:00 am

They are soooo gross!

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Debbie Strange
10/7/2013 10:40:36 am

I never did it....you're my hero

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Camille
10/8/2013 07:04:01 am

You are so much more brave than I will EVER be!!!

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Leigh
10/8/2013 07:04:26 am

Grown! I could never get enough nerve to try them. I bow at your feet!

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Noelle
10/8/2013 07:13:40 am

You made my day...no...my week! I seriously love the series of looks on your face! Why do they give you a full cup? WHO in their right mind would eat more than one? You know, now that I think about it, until now, I've never actually seen anyone eat those things. Not even a Korean.

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Sonya
10/8/2013 07:30:26 am

millions of koreans can't be wrong!! I get a cup every time I go to the movies-- delicious. you know what's disgusting? Jimmy Dean sausage wrapped in a chocolate chip pancake. Or no, wait...chicken nuggets-- if you have watched the video, you'd eat a million silkworms before you ever touch one of those again!
at least the silkworms are a whole unprocessed food! you know what you are eating when you bite into that thing!

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Kelly
10/8/2013 08:51:45 pm

Love picture #4...The what the hell just hit my tastebuds? shot.

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Wendy
10/11/2013 08:58:24 am

Now you are ready for those Chinese delicacies, scorpions and seahorses on a stick.

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Lynn
10/11/2013 08:58:53 am

The pictures were classic!

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Janice
10/11/2013 01:03:05 pm

GROSS!!

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Nina
10/12/2013 07:00:59 pm

Love your stories and pictures!

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MIL
11/1/2013 07:48:02 am

Disgusting....can't believe you ate these!

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lisa
1/11/2014 12:21:23 pm

One of the last things we tried. It took 3 1/2 years to work up the nerve. One made it in. Just as you described. My husband, who normally eats whatever because "Because I paid for it", couldn't even handle more than a couple before discretely tossing them. I laughed like crazy because this man has eaten a live lizard, whole, on a dare lol.

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