Chapulines (Grasshoppers) are a common food stuff in Oaxaca usually served as a condiment in tortillas and tacos. They come in various sizes and depending on where you eat the they are served in what you ordered or left in a bowl as a condiment on the table so you can help our self….or not.
Of course leave it to me to have this classic Oaxacan item in a fancy restaurant so dolled up you wouldn’t know what you were eating if you hadn’t read it on the menu and ordered it. Doesn’t look like grasshoppers does it? These tarted up Taquitos were filled with gooey cheese, set on a plate with puréed beans, salsa and more cheese….so the crickets were kind of beside the point, or maybe the point really is for gringos like me to have them in a palatable manner to help get over what ever preconceived ideas one might have about eating bugs. It worked, I didn’t feel like I was going to throw up in my mouth once! After several bites where I kept trying to discern the buggy party of the dish I gave up and gave into the pleasure of the dish, which was the highlight of my meal at el Restaurante Casa Qaxaca. Now I’m a pro, so hopefully next time I can order them in a way in which I can actually taste them!