Eating grasshoppers – Inago

Inago means grasshopper in Japanese. It is a Japanese “delicacy” that is usually served in some restaurants in certain prefectures, most of all in rural areas where I suppose they can be captured and cooked while they are fresh. The other day I found a stall specialized in inago, いなご, in downtown Tokyo. The man selling grasshoppers was very proud of his grasshopers and was recommending different kinds to the passers-by. Besides grasshoppers, he was also selling dry fish, shrimps and clams, a quite curious mix of groceries.

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Yamagata grasshoppers just below the stallkeeper.

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Grasshoppers on the left, the rest is dry frish and shrimps.

1 Comment
  • sixmats

    March 4, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Did you try them? I’ve had them once – you need a large beer to wash them down.