Food File: Fried Frogs

A flat tyre is as good a reason as any to eat something.

So what’s a girl to do when a flat tyre happens somewhere in the wilds of the Cambodian countryside and the only food outlet is a fried food stand on the side of the road?

It seemed like snack time to me.

We all wandered over to take a look at what was on offer. And while I was trying to work out what the fried things were, Darling Man and our guide Mr Chan were stealing tid-bits from the piles of fried stuff.

There were fried crickets and fried silk worms and … I could hardly believe it … whole fried frogs.

Cambodia fried frogs

With his mouth full of food, Darling Man told me he was eating tree frogs.

I am not one of those people who eat gross things just to say I’ve done it. I like to eat things that taste good.

But I felt like such a hypocrite standing there with a screwed-up nose as the fellas tucked in.

So I tentatively selected a frog.

And even more tentatively bit into it.

Cambodian fried frogs

It was surprisingly good.

It was crunchy and salty and not so oily. Rather like a fried potato skin.

It was so good I had another one.


*Many thanks to AsiaRooms for hosting us in Cambodia. Reviews of our two fabulous hotels are coming soon.

4 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, went back to work and then decided to drop out again. Blogging from Ho Chi Minh City at the moment. With two kids, unexpected but much-loved repercussions of dropping out!


  1. No way! But the next question is…did you have a THIRD one?! Hahaa…if I could just close my eyes and pretend it was something else…

    alas…crunchy weird things just don’t settle with me (mentally)!! Hahaha!!

  2. Jenny says:

    … and a silkworm too? (In fact, have you already been offered fried tarantula? That is supposed to be a Cambodian specialty…)
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  3. Ayngelina says:

    I didn’t get a chance to eat that but I totally would!
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    • Barbara says:

      I usually don’t eat stuff that I consider “icky”. But my little eating adventure was MUCH better than I expected. If you closed your eyes and didn’t know it was a frog, I don’t think you even pick it as a meat. How weird is that?

  4. i love how she’s looking at you like i would look at you. like you’re crazy. yep.
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