In a famous scene from Umezu Kazuo's Baptism, the elementary-aged protagonist, Sakura, tortures her romantic rival, the teacher’s wife, by force feeding her cockroach gruel. The image of ingesting live cockroaches via suffocation planted its horrific egg in the hospitable minds of the young female readership. And now, after gestating in the brains of it’s readers for over thirty years, the trauma hatches, and with it comes a certain craving.
We've reported on chomping bugs in the past, but never so viscerally. This short 5 part series from Mr. Uchiyama's insect cooking classroom guides you through the process of selecting, washing, frying, and garnishing your roaches.
Tasty tidbit: The Japanese word for cockroach, gokiburi, is a misspelling of the earlier form gokikaburi (御器噛り), with goki meaning "serving plate" and kaburi "to chew." Roaches are infamous for their tenacity, chowing down not only on your leftovers but on the dish it used to be on as well! If you want to know more about these living fossils, the Meguro parasite museum is running a special exhibit on them through August 26th.
I'm like a kid in a candy store!