Bizarre food of Borneo – The Sago worms

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus larva

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus larva (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sago worm is actually the larva of the red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, a species of snout beetle also known as the Asian palm weevil or sago palm weevil.

The larval grub is considered a delicacy in much of Southeast Asia. “Sago Delight”, or “Fried Sago Worms” are considered a speciality in Malaysia, although versions of this dish can be found in many Southeast Asian countries and Papua New Guinea, where it is regarded as a delicacy. Sago grubs have been described as creamy tasting when raw, and like bacon or meat when cooked. They are often prepared with sago flour. In New Guinea, sago worms are roasted on a spit to celebrate special occasions. They are eaten either raw or roasted, and are regarded as a special high-nutrient meal among most Sarawak tribes such as the Melanau and the Dayak. The Asmat, Korowai and Kombai peoples of southern New Guinea also hold the larva in high regard as a food source.

Info courtesy to: Wikipedia

Sago worm

Sago worm

Tonight, I was invited to a dinner at my local Lun Bawan family at Kampung Bangkuati, Limbang. I was asked to try one of Borneo infamous bizarre food – the sago worm!

I love food and I know food loves me too haha… thus I didn’t reject but really tried it out and in the end, I had 3 worms, crikey!

I also took a 7 seconds video of those sago worms before they were cooked. Warning, the video might be too graphic to some people, yet enjoy my video, cheers!

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