The reason was that Ms. Dhalwala wanted to educate people that it’s better for the planet if we ate more insects and less beef. It takes 100 pounds of feed to produce 16 pounds of beef, while those same 100 pounds if fed to crickets, would produce 44 pounds. Of course, it would be even better if we simply ate the 100 pounds of feed directly, wouldn’t it.
Anyway, the cricket parathas are off the menu at Vij’s. But that is only temporary, they hope. It’s because of worries regarding legal liabilities, because serving crickets as food is not included in Vancouver’s health protection regulations. As soon as the paperwork is sorted out, diners at Vij’s Indian restaurant may once again be able to chow down on cricket parathas, which they serve alongside a spicy turnip salsa.
One of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants, Vij’s is located in the South Granville area at 1480 W. 11th Avenue, just two blocks south of the corner of Broadway and Granville. Their website is www.vijs.ca.