My family have a small property at Palawan, Philippines and my friends tagged along with me as I went to visit the place. The area is near the beach so we can pretty much see a lot of things going on along the road. We saw a man who happened to passed by and he is selling some exotic food. What exactly is this exotic food I am talking about? Let me explain a bit about it. According to the vendor the locals calls it tamilok and he said it is a wood worm; I was not very much convinced so I did my researched. I got my answers so this wood worm is not actually a worm, it is a clam or molluscs that grows in woods that are soaked in saltwater, and In Palawan it can be found mostly in mangrove woods that are decaying in saltwater. The locals call it wood worm since its shape is just like a worm, but it is really called shipworms.
How does it look like it is long, the texture is soft and slimy, somewhat greyish in color. So now my curiosity got the best of me. I told my friends about it and we started to ask the people in the area about how to prepare and eat this tamilok. The next day we waited for this vendor to pass by again and we bought a pack of fresh shipworm. This is his means of living selling this exotic clam and some fish and shells.
Are you brave enough? That’s what my friends asked me, as we looked at this pack of shipworms. I shrugged my shoulders and casually told them let’s do this.
So here goes the preparation: Take out those tamilok from the plastic wash it thoroughly, we chopped some onions and garlic, pour in a bit of vinegar and squeezed the juice of calamansi or Philippine lime in it. Now we have an exotic delicacy called kinilaw na tamilok. It is raw! My goodness, am I brave enough to try this? It’s a do or die, so I tried it. Not bad at all just a bit slimy but it tastes like an oyster, it smells like wood, but it was not that bad.
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The locals said if you eat tamilok during your stay in Palawan they considered you as the Province adopted son or daughter. Yes! We conquered those shipworms. When in Palawan, you have to try eating these shipworms that will be the highlight of your Palawan adventure.
See you in my next adventure. 😎
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