Bold Culinary Adventure: African Burger Infused with 500 Thousand Mosquitoes – Are You Brave Enough to Take a Bite? np
In the hot summer, there are not only sultry weather, cold watermelon drinks to relieve the heat, but also annoying mosquitoes. Especially in Africa, there are overwhelming mosquitoes everywhere, and ordinary people dare not open their eyes to look straight, but Africans bravely regard these mosquitoes as a kind of delicacy. Seeing mosquitoes is like seeing their loved ones, and they are extremely happy. Because these disgusting mosquitoes are indispensable “protein food” for Africans!
African “Protein” Food-Mosquito Meatloaf
Africa in summer is like a steamer, and mosquitoes are everywhere in this kind of high temperature weather. In the eyes of Africans, these mosquitoes are rich in protein and have very high nutritional value, which can be made into “mosquito cakes.” Pots and pans can be the best tool to catch mosquitoes, as long as they are lightly buttoned, these mosquitoes will “faint” in them.
Many local children in Africa also use woven dense nets or strange tools to catch mosquitoes in groups. When enough mosquitoes are saved, they can make “mosquito cakes.” For the backward Africans, very small insects like “mosquitoes” are already considered high-end ingredients.
Although the culinary environment is limited, it has not stumped the simple African people. When the corpses of mosquitoes are densely packed in the basin, Africans will buckle them all down with their hands, and then just like we roll dumpling skins, they will be crushed repeatedly and pressed into a piece of cake. If there are Africans in the family, these dark mosquito cakes can be deep-fried, crispy and tender, and become delicious on the table.
And those Africans who have no conditions can only put mosquito cakes in a pan for frying, without adding any condiments, so that the original and natural taste of mosquitoes can be maintained. In addition to frying, you can also put it in a pot for steaming. After about 20 minutes, the steaming mosquito cake can be out of the pot.
According to preliminary statistics, the number of mosquitoes required for each mosquito cake is estimated to be as high as nearly 500,000. In the eyes of Africans, mosquitoes are insects that suck human blood, so they are rich in protein in their body, which has exceeded the protein contained in beef by about 7 times. , This nutrient is very easy to be absorbed by the body and has a nourishing effect.
A local African once said: “The taste and taste of this mosquito cake is like chicken. It is very fresh and tender. It will also have a light almond fragrance. This is the most delicious food. It can be said to be more pure and pure. Beef burgers are dozens of times more delicious.”
Why do Africans like to eat “mosquito cake” this strange food?
Is it because Africans like to eat “mosquito cake” because it is rich in protein? In fact, it is not. Africa has never taken off the “poverty” hat, especially those people living in remote rural tribes in Africa. They have always maintained the primitive life of their ancestors for generations. Their highest life pursuit is nothing more than filling their stomachs.
Without beef and mutton, fresh vegetables and fruits, the tastes of these Africans are getting more and more off-track. Rats, chimpanzees, snakes, etc. are used for Chinese food. When they want to eat meat, they will take tools to hunt and catch in the primeval forest, and then cook without any condiments. In their eyes, this is the original taste. Natural taste.
And those African children, the snacks they usually eat are extremely “special”, that is, dried meat made with caterpillars. After catching the caterpillars in the forest, after drying and processing, it becomes the African children’s snacks. snack. Therefore, a delicacy like “mosquito cake” is a hard dish in the eyes of Africans. Although there is no appearance, they still love it.
In addition to Africa, Chinese Yunnanese also have “weird” food tastes
In addition to the fact that Africans love to eat “mosquito cakes”, which makes us amazed, in Yunnan, China, you will never imagine that the locals like to eat “insects” very much, and they also focus on “pests”. For example, locusts, which are extremely harmful to crops, will also be listed in Yunnan “insect” cuisine. After being fried, they will taste delicious.
In the eyes of Yunnan people, locusts are rich in protein, and they like to eat them very much. The bee pupae that appear after the fall is also an indispensable delicacy on the table for Yunnan people. Put vegetable oil in the pot and deep-fry it. After repeated frying, it will be crispy in your mouth. .
There are also crickets. Every summer, villagers in Yunnan go to the woods to catch them. After washing them to remove the mud and sand, they are pickled and deep-fried. Finally, they become a nutritious and delicious hard dish on the table. Yunnan people have a long history of eating insects. In the eyes of Yunnan people, although insects are extremely ugly, they are very delicious. They are rich in protein and are one of the authentic Yunnan dishes.
“Heavy taste” hides high risks
It is worth mentioning that whether it is the “insect feast” in Yunnan or the “mosquito cake” in Africa, under heavy taste, there will be “high risks” hidden. There is a Chinese proverb: “Illness, from the mouth!”
Take mosquitoes as an example. They carry extremely terrible diseases. The most common one is “malaria.” According to incomplete statistics, about 600,000 people die every year due to mosquito bites and infections. The diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are except malaria. In addition, there are yellow fever and dengue fever, so in this case, making mosquitoes into “meatloaf” delicacies has an extremely high risk of infectious diseases.
In Africa, there are more than 20 common infectious diseases such as AIDS, Lassa fever and African trypanosomiasis. Among them, there is a direct relationship with the local people’s “heavy taste” food culture. Africans love to eat rat meat, mosquitoes, monkeys, etc. These foods themselves contain many kinds of bacteria and viruses. After a large amount of long-term consumption, they will naturally be prone to infection. sick. Diseases are imported from the mouth, and high-risk diseases are bound to be hidden under the “heavy taste”.
Africans use mosquitoes as meatloaf, as a real delicacy on the table, and in their eyes, mosquito cakes contain higher protein than beef. Seeing this, it is estimated that many people will feel sad. Mosquito cakes are not really delicious, but Africans are trapped by poverty. A mosquito cake contains nearly 500,000 mosquitoes. It can be seen that the environment in which Africans live is also extremely bad. I hope that one day, with the help of countries all over the world, the African brothers will be able to completely remove the hat of poverty and come out of the hard life. They will no longer focus on “exotic” delicacies, and no longer take filling their stomachs as the highest goal of life. , Self-reliance to create a better life.