Our star reporter has been eating Tay-choo Gway Jiap noddles at a road side restaurant in Chiang Mai for many years. The recipe comes from the Swatow area of China, and the noodle soup contains numerous ingredients. Our reporter was tucking in, and had eaten a few spoons, when she noticed a new ingredient: six small hairy tiny legs were protruding up through the surface of the soup. Yes, it was our old friend Blatta orientalis. She quickly alerted one of the waiters who said she could have another bowl without cockroaches, free.
For some reason she declined this generous offer, and left. It was all her fault really, she did not order correctly; she should have asked for “Gwiteow mai sai Maleng Sarp” (noddles without cockroaches). She does have strange taste, however. On the State Railways of Thailand you can get a lovely glass of orange juice (saccharine, water and artificial colouring). To make up for the bland taste of this drink the waiters add a sprinkling of ants, but she never like this and always ordered “nam som mai sai mot (orange juice without ants).
Our reporter loves animals and was disturbed by the thought that this poor Blatta had been boiled alive like a member of the Uzbekistan opposition. So she contacted the world's foremost animal protection organisation: Britain's RSPCA. They said they “only protected kittens, puppies and Pandas because they are photogenic and get the punters to put money in the collection boxes, we don't help creepy crawlies”.
Thailand's draconian liable laws prevent us from giving the name of this restaurant. However, it should be easy to identify, shills on Reddit will tell you its the best noodle shop in Chiang Mai.