Do you want bugs with that?

Look, we all like to complain about airline food – but one airline is taking it a step too far! ZipAir is now serving bugs as in this latest travel update from Travel Mole

Low-cost hybrid carrier Zipair is serving up in-flight meals made with crickets. It is the first time a Japanese domestic airline has included bug-based food on its in-flight menu. Dishes, including tomato chili burger and Pescatore seafood pasta, contain cricket powder. Each dish contains 4.5 grams of edible cricket powder, which is classed as an environmentally friendly ingredient. The cricket-based dishes are available by reserving in advance on Zipair flights departing Tokyo Narita Airport. Edible crickets are high in protein and vitamins and minerals, catering partner Gryllus says.

Maybe ZipAir should change their slogan. Instead of “The new basic airline that flies ahead of time” they should say “ZipAir – the ultimate bugjet experience – you get crickets!”

Eating crickets and other insects is quite common in some parts of the world but many in Western countries people are not comfortable doing this as they regard insects as being unclean.

But once you see some of the worst food served up – maybe crickets don’t seem that bad.

We turn our noses up at crickets but we eat shrimp – they don’t really look very different – well they both have funny eyes and lots of legs.

It is all about what you are used to. When I first heard that there was something called Blood Sausage I was disgusted – until I realised that it was the very same thing as Black Pudding which I loved as a child growing up in the UK. Think about oysters – ugh. For the life of me I cannot understand how people can let them slither down their throats. No, never!

Then there is my personal worst – semolina pudding. Just like eating frog spawn ….I still have nightmares about being forced to eat that at the convent in England – Sister Marie knew I didn’t like it so she made a point of standing right next to me until the plate was cleared.

Anthony Bourdain used to say that you should try every food at least once – however gross it might seem. So let me know when you want to fly ZipAir and I will book your cricket sandwich for you!

By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.


  1. If you don’t know what is on your plate, you might eat it. I can’t/ won’t eat escargot, ie snails.. Slimy bugs in butter and garlic? Growing up in NSW, we would see their slimy trail and stomp on them. Also, I don’t buy or eat offal or ‘sweetbreads’. But in Malaysia, with my Chinese-Malaysian co-workers I / we would eat fresh water shrimp and suck the brains, but now I doubt that I would do it. Also served whole frogs, gutted, on their backs with legs in the air.
    Grasshoppers in the market place in Oaxaca, Mexico? Very dry and why eat it? I don’t order or eat black pudding or liver but will eat a steak & kidney pie or oysters. Interesting the variations in food from country to country and people’s preferences.


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