Eating Cobra in Thailand

Eating Cobra in Thailand is not an opportunity that comes often. I knew that Singburi (สิงห์บุรี) province was known for their “jungle food” especially for the rat meat coming from the rice fields. Upon a search on google map for jungle food written “อาหารป่า ” in Thai, I found a restaurant advertising cobra meat.

You can understand that I jumped on the opportunity! I headed to the district of Inburi (อินทร์บุรี) about 15 kilometers North of the city of Singburi (สิงห์บุรี). The restaurant, named Jae Neung Ahaan Pa (ร้านเจ๊หนึ่งอาหารป่า) is located on the busy highway 32 and is very easy to spot with its huge sign.

I took a seat in the empty restaurant and scanned the menu. As the cobra stir-fried in curry paste (ผัดเผ็ดงูเห่า pronounced “phad phed ngu ao”) is the specialty of the place, I went for it. I also ordered some deep-fried rat with garlic (หนูนากระเทียทอด pronounced “noo na kratiam tod”). A great opportunity to eat cobra and rat for the first time.

As the restaurant wasn’t busy, I invited myself to the kitchen. The assistant was already chopping in pieces 3 rats that would be deep-fried. Then, the chef/owner took out a big cobra from the freezer. He warned me to be careful and not touch the poisonous fangs.

He proceeded to chop the head off and put it into two plastic bags then gave it to his disgusted assistant for disposal. He told me that people used to pick up the heads to make medicine from the venom, but not these days.

While I took pictures of the head, I didn’t realize that the chef already had the meat for my cobra stir-fried in curry paste prepared previously and was cooking it. The meat was finely minced and mixed with the curry and herbs.

I went back to my seat and waited for both plates to arrive. I tried the rat first. I must say that it had a strong taste that really didn’t taste like the cliche “chicken” it is compared too. Still, it was deep-fried with garlic, it was obviously tasty!

Now the cobra. The meat was slightly crunchy due to the bones finely chopped. Quite an interesting texture! The curry paste was so strong and spicy that I couldn’t identify a specific taste for the cobra, only this crunchy texture.

I finished both plates without any problems 🙂

This was it for my “jungle food” experience! The stir-fried cobra in curry paste was 120 Baht (3,90$US) while the rats deep-fried with garlic were at 90 Baht (2,90$US). If you guys are adventurous, I totally recommend it!

 Jae Neung Ahaan Pa (ร้านเจ๊หนึ่งอาหารป่า)

  • ตำบล น้ำตาล อำเภออินทร์บุรี สิงห์บุรี 16110
  • Road 32, between KM 100 and KM 101
  • Open Everyday 8am – 7pm
  • 089 494 1455

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