Si quieres regresar a Oaxaca come chapulines.
Oaxaca – Oaxacans eat a lot of insects. Among the favorite bugs are the grasshoppers (chapulines) consumed (legs intact) as a snack garnished with wedges of lime.
For those who wish to sample this local specialty, there are plenty of options. Fresh batches of the bug are for sale at markets, including Benito Juárez and Abastos.
One of Ron’s favorite vendors is Doña Petronila who sells grasshoppers from Santa Maria el Tule at the Friday/Saturday Pochimilco Market (look for the sign!).
Dining options include the Sopa de Chapulines at Los Danzantes, chiles rellenos (stuffed with grasshoppers) at María Bonita and the traditional chapulines, guacamole and tortillas at Del Jardin on the Zócalo.
The restaurant at the Monte Albán museum boasts a special dish called ‘Nido de Grillas’ (the grasshopper’s nest).
Tip – In the market, don’t smell the grasshoppers without asking permission. They are for eating, not smelling. No huela los chapulines, son para comer.
Chinanteco: athla yin
Zapotec (Valles Centralles): u-shaidi, ushad
Ayöök (Mixe): Piip
Icelandic: Field Sprinters
Where to eat grasshoppers in Oaxaca City
Comala (on occasion) – Chile de agua relleno con chapulin y queso
Japan serves up sweetened grasshoppers