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New Haven chef planning to feast on cicadas

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A New Haven chef is looking forward to the upcoming cicada invasion and the chance to try out a few recipes for the insects.

Bun Lai, owner of Miya's Sushi, is already known for his Mexican grasshopper dish and his fried rice with meal worms and crickets.

He tells the New Haven Register that he plans to fill a big freezer full of Brood II cicadas once the red-eyed bugs' 17-year life cycle brings them above ground for about five weeks.

He said he plans to cook them for himself and maybe do some theme dinners.

"He is always thinking of new things, he has a reputation of being extremely creative and thinking out of the box as it is on the normal menu," said Ilan Ben-Meir.

Lai said the insects have great nutritional value and said his recipes will honor the cicada. That means no deep frying. He plans to steam some and boil others with the appropriate spices.

Lai said bugs contain about the same protein as a steak and much less saturated fat.

"I like the weird stuff he is willing to try and I like eating anything," Ben-Meir said. "And this is one of the places I can eat weird things reliably."

If you want to try them, time is of the essence. If you miss your chance this year, you'll have to wait until 2030.

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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