Grubbing For Lunch

Would you like worms with that grasshopper? A former Thai disc jockey and her ex-shrimp-farmer boyfriend have launched Insects Inter, Thailand's first fast-food chain specializing in cooked bugs. Water beetles and scorpions have long been popular foods in the country's impoverished northern provinces, but Pailin Thanomkait, 32, and Satapol Polprapas, 29, are betting that middle-income urbanites and adventurous Western visitors will pay 70ยข for a box of crispy fried crickets with chili sauce. The company's network of kiosks has doubled to 60 in the past four months, and Insects Inter aims to have 200 outlets in Thailand by the end of...

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