Tamilok: Palawan’s Popular Delicacy
Balot may be very popular in Manila, but in Palawan, Tamilok is it’s most eaten and popular delicacy. The best part about eating Tamilok is that it can be eaten at the side of the beach or even in the jungle. For those who live in big cities, eating such dish is unusual and some even consider it as disgusting. Tamilok may look like a worm, but it is actually a mollusk. This “rotting mangrove wood worm” can either be eaten raw or fried. Try it with chilli sauce or vinegar; delicious.
According to the locals, Tamilok got its name from an incident of two Americans who saw the locals consuming this creature one day. One of them said “Tommy, look!”. After the incident, the locals named this delicacy ‘Tamilok’.