Food

The strangest things Pinoys like to eat

Pritong tipaklong (fried grasshoppers) are perfect as pulutan.

Beyond balut (boiled duck embryo), the Philippines’ rich fauna yield a wide variety of what is usually considered exotic food. Frogs, grasshoppers, eel, beetles—these are just some of the more adventurous ingredients some Filipinos like to work with. But for them, these are less of a delicacy, more of a regular part of the menu. Want a dose of some Philippine exoticism? Check out what some Pinoys like to cook up in their audacious kitchen!

Ilocos
Pritong tipaklong (grasshopper). In the fable, the grasshopper may have sung and played and lived a carefree life. But in real life, grasshoppers are the boon of farmers because these insects eat crops. Fried grasshoppers are crunchy and said to taste like shrimp! They are said to be a good source of protein.

Inihaw na salagubang (beetle). Beetles cooked until crispy are usually eaten as pulutan, with the wings and legs usually removed. Inihaw na salagubang is crunchy; eating it feels like eating a handful of tiny shrimp with virtually no meat. 

Rizal

Adobong palaka (frog). The French enjoy frog’s legs, so why can’t we? The consensus is that frogs taste just like chicken—and so, adobo is a logical way to prepare it. Don’t worry, they actually don’t serve this dish as whole frogs in adobo sauce. After all, do people serve adobong manok with the entire chicken sitting in adobo sauce?

Adobong uok (beetle larvae). In the spirit of frugal living, many Filipinos hate to waste anything. Dinuguan, for one, was invented because someone didn’t want to waste some pig’s blood and innards. And so, in some parts of the country, beetle larvae isn’t just something to get rid of. It’s something to cook! After all, beetle larvae cooked as adobo is flavorful. (And rich in protein as well!) 

[Also check out the different ways Dinuguan is prepared all over the Philippines.]

Laguna

Pagi in spicy sauce (Stingray). Stingray meat has a consistency similar to that of fish. It’s flaky but can be tough if undercooked. Be careful of the large amount of hard bones, though. This is best eaten with your fingers so you can really sift through the meat and pluck out the bones.

Sizzling palos (eel). Locally known as palos, it is bony, like snake meat, but very delicious. A fillet of eel is a great source of omega-3 acids, vitamin A, and phosphorous, among others.

Pampanga
Adobong pato (duck). Although not entirely uncommon, duck is still largely considered exotic in this part of the world. What better way to prepare it than as a dish that is beloved by Filipinos?

[Also check out the recipe for another yummy adobo version: Adobo salad.]

Pindang tapa. The beast of burden, the carabao, has a slightly tougher but also very lean meat. It’s almost like goat meat, but a little bit tougher. So if you’re planning to cook this dish, make sure you boil it longer than you think you should.

Fried hito (catfish). Not found on most restaurant menus, catfish are nonetheless delicious when fried to a crisp and dipped in vinegar.

Fried Batute (stuffed frog). For this dish, the frogs are stuffed with ground pork, onion, garlic, tomatoes and spices. It tastes better than it sounds. And it looks more appetizing in real life, outside your imagination.

Camaru (cricket). Don’t think of Jiminy. These crickets are deep fried then sauteéd in tomatoes, garlic, and onions. The dish is good as pulutan. Eating it with rice might mask the natural flavor of the Camaru.

[Also check out how to cook Fried tilapia with Salsa Fresca.]

Nueva Ecija
Adobong Salagubang. Beetles are commonly available in the markets of Nueva Ecija. Just like pork innards are in Manila’s wet markets. Adobong salagubang is such a popular dish in Nueva Ecija that the dish is eaten as a main meal with steamed rice.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

Latest News

  • Small tsunami generated in Pacific after earthquake Associated Press - Mon, Mar 30, 2015 11:31 AM PHT

    SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, generating a small tsunami and frightening locals near the epicenter, but prompting no reports of damage or injuries. …

  • AP PHOTOS: For Israeli teens, military is rite of passage Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015 4:17 PM PHT
    AP PHOTOS: For Israeli teens, military is rite of passage

    YAKUM, Israel (AP) — Israeli high school seniors have more on their minds than prom and final exams. …

  • 8 Things I Learned from the Boss from Hell 8list - Thu, Mar 26, 2015 3:07 PM PHT
    8 Things I Learned from the Boss from Hell

    Don't let them get to you. …

  • Turin Egyptian Museum gets overhaul of pharaonic proportions Associated Press - 17 hours ago
    Turin Egyptian Museum gets overhaul of pharaonic proportions

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — For the earliest Egyptologists, a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Turin was considered indispensable. The museum's new director is seeking to return the almost 200-year-old museum to its one-time prominence, boosted by an overhaul of the collection and exhibit space of near-pharaonic proportions. …

  • Mexico double-transplant patient gets US humanitarian pass Associated Press - Tue, Mar 31, 2015 10:40 AM PHT
    Mexico double-transplant patient gets US humanitarian pass

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant, his mother said Monday. …

  • Russian superhighway could connect London to New York AFP Relax - Fri, Mar 27, 2015 1:24 AM PHT
    Russian superhighway could connect London to New York

    Russia has unveiled ambitious plans to build a superhighway that, in theory, could make it possible to drive from London on one end to New York on the other. According to a report by The Siberian Times, the head of Russian Railways is asking the government to seriously consider his project dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development, the first modern transportation corridor that would link up the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Plans call for the construction of a new high-speed railway and the …

  • Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes Associated Press - 6 hours ago
    Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. …

  • Ancient Petra sees few visitors as Jordan tourism declines Associated Press - Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:52 PM PHT
    Ancient Petra sees few visitors as Jordan tourism declines

    PETRA, Jordan (AP) — It's high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan's biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where scenes of one of the "Indiana Jones" movies were filmed. …

POLL

My New Year's resolution is to:

Loading...
Poll Choice Options