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    Eat Sea Urchin/Tajom/Tayom/Uni/Ricci di Mare- Filipino Style!

    Locally called tajom in Surigao, Tutubi's friends brought a plastic bag full of the sea urchin for just PhP20.00 at Cantilan market and was served, what else, but kinilaw style.

    These sea creatures are considered delicacies in many cultures, called uni in Japan (expensive or as the Japanese say it in Nihongo: takai!), ricci di mare in Italy. If you're unfamiliar what are sea urchins, they're the small balls with spikes you see on your snorkeling trips to the islands. (Sea Urchin photo from Wikipedia creative commons)

    Tutubi has been looking forward to eating them just to taste for quite some time now but his wish was granted, without him asking for it, by his friends who informed him it's a usual part of daily fare, uncommon in urban jungles of Manila though.

    sea urchin uni ricci di marekinilaw na tajom/kilawing tayom (served raw with vinegar and spices

    As they always say, the sea urchin is an aphrodisiac though there's really no scientific proof to it. Sea urchins dont' actually taste slimy, has a unique texture to it and are, actually, good.

    Now where can we find the urchin served in Manila restaurants, anyone? Japanese restaurants have it as uni, but not popular even in Makati in other forms, probably due to supply problems.

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    posted by GingGoy @ 9:23 PM,


    At Dec 13, 2011, 12:51:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    I love kilawin... that looks so tasty.

    At Dec 14, 2011, 1:50:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    i'm looking forward to tasting these. they're pretty expensive in the restaurants.

    At Dec 15, 2011, 12:13:00 AM, Blogger Tal said...

    i've tasted fresh sea urchin when i was in mindoro, and i agree, it tasted good! ...been visiting this site of yours for quite some time now, esp. when am looking for information about certain places here in the Philippines, such an informative site. :)

    At Dec 17, 2011, 2:15:00 PM, Blogger maotsetsung said...

    wow!!you want a delicious food trip?just dine with Cravings Katipunan to try their Filipino Food,pastries and cakes and the warm welcome and service of their staff. If you want also to learn the techniques and principles in Hospitality Industry just inquire and enroll at Asian School of Hospitality Arts.


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