We can say that Filipinos have a thing for bizarre foods and more than the need for being resourceful, us actually having this strong gut and unusual tongue looking for something “out of the box” are the real-deal we could call upon when looking for something worthy to receive the honor in regard to crafting various Pinoy-pride exotic food that we have all over the archipelago.
In fact and aligned to the latter stated, the exotic food which we have on the list had came from different parts of the country- putting emphasis on the fact that the “exotic taste” which gave birth to these delicacies (if you can call them as one) is definitely not just a “regional” thing, rather a signature running in the blood of being a Filipino.
Maybe that’s who we really are- the race who loves finding beauty in things that is a total rejection in the sight and ‘taste’ of others. “And what about it?”
Alright! With no further ado, here’s a list of exotic food that you might want to try out the next time you feel like your tongue’s looking for something “adventurous”.
Uok is commonly known as coconut worm for they are found inside dead coconut logs. They are generally white to light-yellowish in color and in the form of adobo- is cooked in the normal adobo style.
For the record, Filipinos are not only the ones which has been captivated by the texture and savory of this dish- in fact, this is one of the few cuisines that are accepted and cherished even by other nations!
KINILAW NA TAMILOK
Tamilok is either a ship or woodworm which can be found massively in some areas of Palawan and Aklan; which then also speaks the reason why these two places are the ones which had been known to cultivate the dish, kinilaw na tamilok.
Kinilaw na Tamilok is cooked basically with the use of vinegar together with a recipe which widely varies. Tamilok on the other hand can also be eaten raw… just make sure you have the strength of stomach to do so.
ADOBONG BAYAWAK SA GATA
Adobong bayawak sa gata is well-known due to the fact that bayawak when cooked in such way, tastes just as like as other “normally used” meats… natives say that you won’t even notice the difference!
Preparation of this simply includes sautéing of both condiments and bayawak meat. Coconut milk is also used, which plays a vital role on preparing this kind of adobo.
DEEP-FRIED BUTETE TUGAK
Butete tugak is simply a tadpole frog- no, not those swimming “sperm-like” figure that you see on rivers but those of which that are a step more mature than that. Before you take a step back, maybe it would help for you to know that this meat indeed tastes like way better than chicken meat!
Originally, this dish had been crafted in Pampanga- as butete tugak is deep-fried, it is also stuffed with ground pork on the inside. That of which as for overall, makes it tasty enough worthy for the try!
Sawa or phyton is usually one of the greatest feared animals that we have when we were still a children… maybe even up to now. Well, do you want to overcome that terror in a very “creative” and tasty way?
Then what else are you waiting for, grab some and realize that your fears are just as tasty as your favorite meat! Surely, this exotic food like bayawak meat in adobo, would not be recognized easily for them being as they are when prepared in such common dish.
Why?Well, because they are just as fulfilling as the others!
Salawaki is more commonly known as sea urchins. They may be looking like a bit off to be eaten especially because of its spines, but in fact, even a raw and fresh salawaki is already enjoyed being eaten by those who harvest it! Of course, we’re not including the spines in the story- only the fleshy stuff inside of it!
Kuhol or suso is cooked in a coconut milk- this one tastes like fish. Despite of its appearance, with a little bit of twisting in the recipe and you’re sure to enjoy it!
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