A friend used to bring 'sambal tumis' something to school after the vacation. He was kind enough to share with us his delicacy from home.
Having a voracious appetite and still hungry fro home-cooked tit-bits, soon we all were busy gobbling down the 'sambal tumis' with the famous Bengali roti.
It was very delicious. When we were full and burping, then he broke the secret.
"You know what you have eaten just now?"
"Sambal tumis udang!"
"Are you sure?"
"Of course, we are sure...sambal udang petai!"
"No, it was sambal belalang!"
Everybody look at him. Some even ran to the bathroom, puked.
For me, I kinda guessed that it was not prawn, but did not know what it was.
Actually I used to eat grasshoppers before, but not in such an amount. All I ever did was eat one or two rice field green grasshoppers grilled over open fire.
In Islam, grasshoppers are one of the few halal creatures that we can eat without having to slaughter them, just like fishes, crabs and squids.
Now, with globalization, everybody knows that in Tahiland they eat everything, right from sago crawlies, roaches, scorpions, grasshoppers , etc etc.