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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?
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.
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.
fried tamilok cooked with bread crumbs
Would you dare sample this exotic and bizarre food (for Metro Manilans) next time you're in Palawan?
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.