Fried Spiders in Skuon, Cambodia

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog, Cambodia | 1 comment

Date of travel: 12/6/2012

Supposedly we swallow an average of four spiders in our sleep each year. Urban legend or not, just the thought of swallowing one of those itty bitty crawly creatures sends shivers down my spine. When Eric and I heard about a place in Cambodia where people eat not just little spiders but big fat hairy tarantulas we were immediately grossed out but also intrigued. The name of the town is Skuon and as it was on our way from Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) to Phnom Penh, we decided to stop there and check out the spider market.

When our bus arrived in Skuon we didn’t have to look very far since the vendors were waiting for us with the tarantulas right at the station. They had big plates filled with dozens of blackish, fried spiders and crickets. Honestly, it was hard for me to even have a look at them at first, but I quickly got desensitized.

Vendors selling fried spiders and crickets

Vendors selling fried spiders and crickets

Fried Spiders in Skuon, Cambodia

It didn’t take long for one of the vendors to sell us one of the spiders for 1,500 reel (75 cents). Eric was courageous and held the crispy hairy creature in his hands and pretended to eat it. I couldn’t get myself to even touch it.


Eric pretending to eat a fried spider.

According to Wikipedia, the people in this area starting eating spiders during a food shortage and since then it had become a local “delicacy”. They are fried in a pan with MSG, salt and garlic. The legs are crispy but the abdomen is soft and filled with intestines, excrement and possibly eggs.

Fried Spider (Tarantula)

Fried up tarantula with garlic, salt and MSG.

Since we had bought the spider and definitely did not want to eat it, we decided to find someone who would actually enjoy it. Check out the video. Bon appetite!

One Comment

  1. This is possibly the most disgusting, horrifying, unbelievable thing I have ever heard of!! I can’t believe they actually sell those hideous, nasty creatures and that people don’t die from eating them. That can’t be good for you. I’m so glad you guys didn’t eat them–ew!!