Explore: Common Exotic Foods in the Philippines

As foods being one of the main reasons for tourism, the people are in an unending search for the next new dish in town. These are then copied all throughout the places in the country and even in the world. However, there are just some foods and recipes that cannot be found elsewhere but in one place. One interesting thing about the Philippines is its variety of exotic foods that seemed to be impossible. Here are some of the Philippines’ exotic foods.

 

SALAWAKI or FRESH SEA URCHIN in BOHOL

Who would not know anything about this creature? They are known for being aphrodisiacs and can be found in places along the coasts of Bohol, Bolinao, and La Union. These creatures have spiky shells with an orange and yellow flesh. These are best eaten raw and fresh.

 

ADOBONG SAWA or PYTHON

These creatures are found almost anywhere but are most abundant in vast farmlands. Also, they are pretty common in exotic restaurants. Their meat tastes similar to a chicken and they are cooked either by frying or cooked as adobo. The skin can also be deep fried, common in Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija. A newbie in the field of eating exotic foods would have nothing to worry about because this dish surely is not so off compared to other exotic animals cooked.

 

ADOBONG SALAGUBANG or JUNE BUGS in NUEVA ECIJA

This dish has the same texture with an Adobong Kamaru that’s crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. On rainy seasons, they are common and abundant in the market so if you are into something that’s crispy and delicious, then you should try this.

 

ADOBONG KAMARU or MOLE CRICKET in PAMPANGA

Common in rice fields as pests, but these can be cooked and made into a delicious recipe. Farmers would typically harvest these insects and cook them in Adobo style, a common cooking style in the Philippines. This is often eaten with beer and is loved by many because it is crunchy and gummy all at the same time.