Have you ever visited the Philippines? Or you’re wondering just what kinds of weird food the country has to offer? Don’t get me wrong the Philippines have a ton of great cuisines that are being enjoyed by its people and its guests throughout its founding. From its pride and joy the adobo, the sour savory sinigang, and the crowd favorite lechon. Those dishes that we mention are some of the best but we will not be focusing on them for now. Today we will list some of the food that only brave foodies can stomach. Just kidding! These can be quite unnerving but I assure you some of them are very delicious. Shall we start then?
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Helmet by riceburn07
The helmet is a bunch of severed chicken heads that’s skewered on a small stick like a shawarma marinated with soy sauce mix with ketchup or barbecue sauce then grilled over a charcoal base griller. You can found this delicacy almost anywhere on the streets it’s common in Manila too. Taste like chicken because it’s basically just the head of a chicken, but bony because of the skull. A lot of my friends love this.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Dinuguan by pulaw
Dinuguan from the root word “dugo” means blood in Tagalog. Dinuguan means to be stewed with blood. A very common weird food in the country, when you put it that way. It’s not that weird to be honest but a lot of Filipinos still don’t eat it. Commonly made with various pork meat and innards such as intestines cooked in blood stew sometimes with brain too depending on who cooked it. This is a very delicious Filipino food commonly paired with puto or steamed rice cake.
Sundot Kulangot is the name of this delicacy in Tagalog means literally means picking boogers, which sounds appetizing right? Actually, this has nothing to do with boogers but it was called that way because of the way it’s commonly eaten. This is a popular sweet treats for children all over the Philippines. This treat is actually just coconut jam. This is packaged inside a small wooden orb or small bamboos and you must break it to get the sweets inside and it’s eaten using a small stick.
This dish is originally made by Filipinos and widely believed in the country that this dish is a strong aphrodisiac, mainly because the soup is made out of a bull’s balls and penis. The name originated from the first restaurant that served this dish. They called it Soup Number 5 because it’s fifth on the list of their menu. The soup is very savory and the meat part of it especially the balls has a delicious taste depending on how long it was cooked and a hint of creamy aftertaste. Check this one out if you’re in the country.
From the root word “pait” that means bitter in Tagalog, Papaitan is a savory bitter soup that came originally from Ilocos region. The soup is usually made out of cow, pork and goat innards. The bitter taste of it comes from the bile that is used in preparing the papaitan. Not all the Filipinos like this dish but it’s popular among men that drink because it goes well with any alcoholic drinks.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Balut by apes_abroad
This popular Filipino delicacy is basically a duck egg with an unborn chick. Balut is very popular in the country and almost every day there are roaming vendors that wander street to street shouting its name and selling it. Even though it’s quite delicious, balut still seem to draw some people away from it because once you crack it you’ll see inside an almost fully formed duck embryo. It’s very nutritious though as it’s full of protein and a lot of people find it very delicious.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Isaw by supermdmd
Isaw is made of chicken or duck intestines and it’s very easy to find anywhere in the country. It’s cheap too. Some say it’s dirty but don’t let that discourage you. Isaw is a very tasty treat to experience at least once. Some fry it but grilled saw is the best way to go, just pair it with vinegar that has onions and chilies on it and you’re good to go.
Tamilok is actually woodworms that are found in the mangrove roots in Palawan. Most people find the taste of tamilok similar to that of oysters. This dish is not so common because it’s hard to come by. This is a very popular dish among local and foreign tourists alike.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Fried Bamboo Worm and Fried Crickets by shankaronline
Kamaru are basically rice field crickets. They are sometimes cooked into adobo just by adding garlic, onions, seasoned with soy sauce and vinegar. They taste like stir fried shrimp with a hint of saltiness and some bitterness to it.
Made from curing native pork by either smoking or storing it, Etag is the official ham of Sagada. They also have a festival named after it that’s how popular it is. After curing it for several weeks the final product is a foul-smelling, dark, and rotting with maggots but it’s very popular among the locals there.