The maiden edition of Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ (PTB) Blog Carnival presented you the Best Place in the Philippines then followed by the “Quaint, Unfamiliar and Strange towns“ on its second offering, now on its 3rd edition, we will bring you the “Best place” to eat the “Strange food”
(blow the trumpets please)…
We call it PINOY QUIRKY FOODS! It is something that is beyond the usual, something that you make you think twice of putting it to your mouth, food that you don’t eat during noche buena or birthday parties. But is worth a try! And I say it again, WORTH A TRY!
Filipinos are people who are in-loved with food. I can say that, whenever there is a Filipino gathering, there is food feasting. And yes, I believe that the Philippines can be a destination for quirky foodies. Mr. Anthony Bourdain & Mr. Andrew Zimmern you are welcome to try any of these:
The Philippines’ Balut
BALUT is a popular (if not the most) Filipino street food which is a fertilized duck egg or chicken egg with an almost-developed embryo that is boiled and eaten in a shell. It has been considered as a trademark of Filipino culture because they say you can’t call yourself Filipino unless you’ve eaten one.
Cebu City’s Lansiao
After a bowl full, Estan of Langyaw asks “I really don’t know if one should feel something after eating it or in a few minutes or hours, dilate the veins down under. I didn’t get a hard on or was walking with a boner. Or is it all in the mind to help one perform better in bed? But was it just a coincidence that I was under the sheets a few hours later?” Read how he was able to taste this Bull Testicle Soup in his hometown Cebu.
Tamilok Ceviche (Kinilaw) is a worm found in dead mangrove trees. It is a perfect appetizer to the more adventurous, a perfect beer match as you want to wash the taste of it with a dab of cold beer. It is served with local vinegar spiced with chopped onions, garlic and chili.
I tell you, you must not miss this after a tiring island hopping tour in Puerto Princesa City. I have given a step-by-step instruction on how to enjoy Kinilaw na Tamilok.
Pampanga’s Crispy Kamaru
KALESKES is a Pangasinense term for intestine. The dish also includes Pa le (pancreas) and some meat cuts. It is up to the customer if he’d like to add dugo (blood) or sebo (sebum) to add more ‘quirk factor’ to the dish.
Davao City’s Ginamos
Ginamos, as it’s known in Lois hometown Davao City, is made of fermented small fish that has been allowed to rot. It looks, sounds and smells disgusting. But for Davaoeños like myself, and people from most parts of Visayas and Mindanao, we hoard this delicacy like it’s gold!
Lois of WeAreSoleSiters.com poses a challenge of eating a mud colored, funny smelling fish that’s been rotting for days, even weeks. Why taste this? Visit the link “Would you try this rotten fish?” to know more about this concoction.
Surigao del Sur’s Tayom
Aleah of SolitaryWanderer reminisces her childhood stories of how locals eat this raw sea urchin. This sea creature is very pricey in Japan, so I suggest you try it here. See more of the story at Dare to Eat a Sea Urchin.
Bicol’s Laing on Pizza & Pasta
Bicol is known for everything spicy add gata (coconut milk) and gabi (taro leaves) and you have an authentic Bicolano dish. But to put it of pasta? But wait there’s more, how about on your slice of pizza?
Claire of LakwatseraDePrimera raves about this dish when she tried it with some family membersduring one of her homecomings. See more of these fusion restaurant in Legaspi City, Laing on Pizza & Pasta.
Zamboanga City’s Satti
Satti is a famous Zamboanga breakfast food. The soup is made of siling labuyo, ginger, dulao, onions, oregano, tumon and other “secret” ingredients and well, coloring. This is paired with sticky rice and of course, the very cute beef barbecues.
If you are planning you next food tour, maybe this location map can help you find your way to these wild, weird and mouth-watering foods:
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