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CourseStreet food
Place of originKorea
Associated national cuisineKorean cuisine
Main ingredientsSilkworm pupae
Similar dishesNhộng tằm
Korean name
Revised Romanizationbeondegi

Beondegi (번데기), literally "pupa", is a Korean street food made with silkworm pupae.[1] The boiled or steamed snack food is served in paper cups with toothpick skewers.[2]

Canned beondegi can also be found in grocery stores and convenience stores.

Silkmoth pupae are also eaten elsewhere in Asia:

  • In Assam, they are boiled for extracting silk and the boiled pupae are eaten directly with salt or fried with chili pepper or herbs as a snack or dish.[3]
  • In China, street vendors sell roasted silkmoth pupae.
  • In Japan, silkworms are usually served as a tsukudani (佃煮), i.e., boiled in a sweet-sour sauce made with soy sauce and sugar.
  • In Vietnam, a similar food is called con nhộng.
  • In Thailand, silkworm pupae (ดักแด้ไหม, /dàk.dɛ̂ː.mǎj/), usually deep-fried, are often sold at open markets. They are also sold as packaged snacks.

Silkworms have also been proposed for cultivation by astronauts as space food on long-term missions.[4]



  1. ^ Pettid, Michael J. (2008). Korean Cuisine: An Illustrated History. London: Reaktion Books. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-86189-348-2.
  2. ^ Kraig, Bruce; Sen, Colleen Taylor, eds. (2013). Street Food around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 320. ISBN 978-1-59884-954-7.
  3. ^ "10 Weird Foods in India - Eri polu". February 2013.
  4. ^ Choi, Charles Q. (13 January 2009). "Care for a Silkworm With Your Tang?". ScienceNOW Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2009.