Sonny Hong - Sunny Side Up

Sonny Hong

Sonny Hong
Brand Specialist
Sonny Side Up
Santa Ana, CA

Was there anything you had to overcome to try it?
Eating bugs is natural to me and don't find them gross at all.


My mom used to make us fried grasshopper when we were kids in Korea. They were sooooo delicious. Crispy brown on outside, glazed with a bit of sugar, tender and juicy inside. We didn't know any difference and thought they were the bomb. Also in Korea there were street vendors who'd sell steamed pupae. I'll find out what kind of pupae exactly, but they were dried and flattened pupae that were then steamed/boiled in a savory broth on the street cart and then served in a cone of newspaper. They were sooooo delicious and cheap. They were our daily after school snacks on our way back home. I'm not sure Korea sells these things anymore since it's become prosperous and KFC & McDonalds are more the norm. Lastly, I've also enjoyed fried ant snacks in Mexico as well as scorpion cakes in US.

What do you expect the Aketta products to taste like?
I suspect Aketta might taste dry and void of true bug taste since its packaged for American taste buds. I hope the formulators didn't remove its natural taste too much.

As an athlete how do you see this being part of your nutrition routine?
As an athlete, and vegetarian, I'd welcome non-mammal protein in my diet.Actually, I inspire to be a vegan but have a hard time not eating meat once in awhile. But still I'd say 98% of my caloric intake is plant-based.

How much do you personally taste with your eyes?
It'd probably go well with beer or soju!

The crispy crickets would be great for sprinkling on top of salads or sataying with veggies with hot sauce like Korean-chili sauce.

Do the favorable environmental aspects of the product persuade you?
Yes, 100%. I believe (fact based) that animal farming is THE single greatest threat to our environment, contributing more than 50% of global warming gas emission and causing undue pollution to our waters/ocean with runoffs. Eating insects instead of animals will allow me to diversify my protein-source for my athletic endeavors without contributing to the raping of earth.

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