Where to try it: Palawan
Tamilok, also known as woodworm, is not actually a worm. It’s a type of mollusk with a long, slender body that inhabits the branches of mangrove trees. Tamilok is one of the exotic appetizers you can find in some specialty restaurants in Palawan. While in Puerto Princesa, you can find them being sold in styrofoam containers, while the delicacies are packed inside plastic bags in wet markets.
Tamilok is soaked into a dip of kinilaw or ceviche marinade (with calamansi and salt) and has the same fresh, salty and slimy texture and taste reminiscent of oysters.
Want more? Check this album of exotic eats out! Which of these would you like to try? Let us know what other exotic food we should look out for in our next trip!