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    Tamilok: Exotic Palawan Delicacy is Not a Worm

    With Tutubi's second visit to Puerto Princesa, he did not pass up the chance to sample the (in)famous tamilok, a native delicacy of Palawan, a mangrove-infesting wood worm that's not a worm but actually a mollusk (same group as squid and octopus).
    Tutubi got his curiosity sated when he and his friends went to Kinabuch's bar and Grill on Rizal Avenue in Puerto Princesa City.

    How does the tamilok taste and look like?

    tamilok

    Never mind it looks like a translucent worm, rather icky, but it really tastes like talaba (oyster) like most people who've tasted tamilok swore. To enjoy tamilok, you eat eat it fresh and raw (kilaw, kilawin kinilaw) style by dunking the slimy worm-like creature in vinegar laced with chili and other spices.

    Tutubi tried but failed to ask his contacts to see and catch tamilok in the mangrove forests but was not able to do so.

    fried tamilok palawan puerto princesa

    For the less adventurous, there's also fried tamilok in bread crumbs at Kinabuch's Bar and Grill but waters down the icky look of the once mangrove-boring crawlers.

    tamilokfried tamilok cooked with bread crumbs

    Would you dare sample this exotic and bizarre food (for Metro Manilans) next time you're in Palawan?

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 8:19 PM,

    8 Comments:

    At Oct 11, 2011, 11:31:00 PM, Blogger carlotta1924 said...

    would try the fried one first. hahaha

     
    At Oct 12, 2011, 4:55:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    is this the same one that andrew zimmern feasted on when he did his palawan segment on bizarre foods? my husband would love to taste that.

     
    At Oct 12, 2011, 8:55:00 AM, Anonymous Charleston SC said...

    I've seen a program before that featured this exotic food. People from Palawan and even tourists believed that this is some sort of aphrodisiac. Also, it was proven that Tamilok is definitely rich in vitamins and minerals.

     
    At Oct 12, 2011, 11:12:00 AM, Anonymous docgelo said...

    how informative! i'm too lazy to google about it and lo and behold it's not a worm! let all pinoy know this that tamilok is a mollusk. :)

     
    At Oct 13, 2011, 3:47:00 PM, Anonymous Nonoy said...

    Interesting food; looks like a seafood; I would definitely try to eat this mollusk when I get to Palawan; thanks for sharing your experience the backpackingman.

     
    At Oct 16, 2011, 7:24:00 AM, Anonymous Discount Travel Blogger said...

    I surely will! Dang, I've tried grasshoppers in Bangkok! So, its a shame not to try our own! lol

     
    At Oct 17, 2011, 1:24:00 PM, Anonymous Halal Restaurants Perth said...

    Congratulations on making it to the top 10 Food Bloggers of 2011!!!All your food photos and article content are truly interesting/ beautiful.

     
    At Oct 17, 2011, 5:34:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    carlotta, not really challenging for me since i know what it is

    photo cache, probably right. haven't seen that andrew zimmerman bizarre food episode but i think that's the one

    charleston, not really scary hehe

    docgelo, it's not really about mollusks technically but it really looks like a worm :P

    nonoy, go ahead. try it

    discount travel blogger, i've seen those hoppers in bangkok was not able to try them. probably next time

    halal restaurant, well thank you :P

     

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