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You can now order insect dishes on Deliveroo - so what's on the menu?

Bored of eatingpizzas and burgers?Take-away serviceDeliveroo is branching out into the world of entomophagythe practice of using insects in food to give adventurous eaters an exciting new dinner option.
Next week, anyone using the app around Shoredtich,Londoncan orderspicy cricket rice cakes,salted cricketand smoked tomatosalad, orbuffalo worms wrapped in a betel leaf, with each dishfeaturingon a new menu created by the take-away service in collaboration withEat Grub, a company thatsources and sells edible insects.
The five-dayedible insect pop-uprestaurant will allowforward-thinking foodiesto take part in the growing practice of entomophagy, Deliveroo said.If successful, the pop-up could be rolled out on the app nationwide.
The full menu features main courses including soy crickets and pandanus leaf (crickets lightly fried in fragrant oil with pandanus leaf, kaffir lime leaf, soy and white peppercorns);insect miang (toasted coconut, ginger, lime, peanuts, pomelo, chilli, coriander, Thai shallots and buffalo worms wrapped in a betel leaf and topped with a grasshopper);andsalted cricket and smoked tomatoSom Tam salad.
There will also be a dessert optionthe insect "chimp stick"which is made frompalm sugar and tamarind caramel with crickets, buffalo worms, mealworms, mint, lemongrass, peanuts, kaffir lime leaves and toasted coconut.
You can now order insect dishes on Deliveroo - so what's on the menu?

Insect miang is made up of toasted coconut, ginger, lime, peanuts, pomelo, chilli, coriander, Thai shallots and buffalo worms wrapped in a betel leaf and topped with a grasshopper

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The pop-up restaurant's head chefSeb Holmes advocates insects as an excellent source of protein, low in fat and delicious:"Crickets and grasshoppers have a nutty taste, buffalo worms are sour there are so many combinations. Youre missing out on a world of flavour if you havent tried it.
Eat Grub was launched by founders Shami Radia and Neil Whippey in 2014 after discovering entomophagy while abroad. In many countries, such as Thailand,it is standard practice to eat insects as asustainable answer to the world's growing population and the consequent pressures on the farming industry.
While initially seen as gimmicky, the company's concept is becoming more popular as people begin to adopt more "flexitarian",vegetarian and vegan diets because ofenvironmental concerns.
You can now order insect dishes on Deliveroo - so what's on the menu?

Singapore Noodles with buffalo worms

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An Oxford University study, published in the journalClimatic Change, found that meat eaters are responsible for almost twice as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions per day as vegetarians, and about two and a half times as many as vegans.
The nutritional benefits of eating insects are as important to consider as the environmental ones. The protein count of many insects is known to be a significantly higher than that of beef. For example, 100g of chopped steak brings approximately 20g of protein, and you can get this exactamount of protein in a60g cricket steak.
Joe Groves of Deliveroosaid:Weve seen growing interest aroundentomophagy, so wewanted to get ahead and explore this idea with our customers."
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