Tamilok wood worm! Palawan Delicacy!
Woodworm ... in the wood .... delicious ... delicacies!
Dinner - yum, wood worms a local speciality!
Puerto Princesa City, Philippines
In the morning, take the mangrove paddle boat tour along Sabang River, where old growth mangrove forests can be found. Tourists are expected to develop a better appreciation of the ecological significance of mangrove ecosystems and the unique features of different mangrove species.
The local facilitators are an added treat on this ride – they proved to be knowledgeable, well-trained and entertaining. Towards the end of the trip, they break into a song number, delivered in both the local dialect and English. They would also offer you perhaps one of the best-tasting fresh catches ever—the tamilok.
These are woodworms found inside logs or branches that have deteriorated or fallen off mangrove trees. Tamilok is basically uod (worm), if bigger, slimier and stretchier. Thankfully, they look lifeless and do not curl up like most worms do, making it easier to eat raw (meaning, alive). The taste and texture are very similar to oysters, such that it’s hard to tell the difference. If you like oysters, you’ll like the tamilok, too. Tip: Bring vinegar to rinse it for added taste.
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