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Thip Khao is Featuring Tree Ant Eggs in Three Different Dishes

Find them in a salad, with catfish and an omelet.

Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Adventures diners know Thip Khao has them covered, whether it be fried duck heads on the happy hour menu or the entire spicy "Jungle Menu" the restaurant offers.

Now, diners can try tree ant eggs in three different dishes on the restaurant's menu. Chef Seng Luangrath says they're featured in a laab salad ($15), on the mok pa catfish ($15) and in a Lao omelet ($10) during brunch hours. "It's one of Lao's delicacies and an [excellent] source of protein," says the chef, who refers to them as Lao caviar.

Washington City Paper's Nevin Martell tried the laab version, and says the dominant flavor is spice, calling the texture, "like caviar, but splooshier."

Thip Khao

3462 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010 Visit Website