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.

8 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  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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