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Silkworm pupae
Guangzhou, China

Faith: By the time I work up the courage to put anything in my mouth, the food is cold. I grab a silkworm pupa with my chopsticks along with a piece of green pepper. The pupa pops in my mouth rather unpleasantly and has the consistency of rubber but the taste isn't too bad. As I wash it down with a mouthful of green tea I realize that it might have tasted alright if I'd eaten it hot.

Peter: When they are hot, the deep-fried ones are incredibly tasty. Each one pops in my mouth when I bite down, releasing a rush of flavor not unlike what I imagine a deep-fried peanut skin filled with a mild, woody foie gras would taste like.

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