A Traveller's Guide When Eating Tamilok In Palawan

I'm not sure if it's just me, but if you are travelling in Palawan, you would notice that that a lot of the locals would know exactly what to say when it comes to the go-to tourist spots, especially promoting their exotic Tamilok. I even had this weird imagination that all the people in Palawan were programmed to say all the nicest things for the sake of tourism. But I know too well that this is not true, because Palawan is just a wonderful place and there is nothing major that I had to complain about.

But just in case you might be itching for Tamilok, you should also know that there are certain rules to abide by. And this is just a quick guide when purchasing Tamilok in Palawan.


-Tamilok, thanks to Google, becomes a familiar term when you search for it. One of the locals told me that "it's not a wood, and it's not a worm". I'm not sure if you guys have encountered that same local who told me that distinction. Just in case you want to get more information, then you may use the search tab first before we proceed with the article.

-Tamilok is sold in a lot of places in Palawan, especially those near the rotten mangroves where those woodworms are usually harvested. While in Puerto Princesa, you can find them in styrofoam containers like these, and the actual delicacy is packed inside plastic bags.

-If your stomach is man enough to handle Tamilok, then of course no one can stop you. But for those who might be their first time and would still be having a few more activities during the day, then maybe you should find a better time for eating Tamilok. After all, during that time I don't want to feel my stomach growling on my way to the Underground River.

-If you like to eat it like a boss, choose the ones sold in styrofoam containers instead. I prefer this because I had a better sense of adventure doing this. And don't worry, they are all safe to eat. I just think that Tamilok should be eaten at these kinds of moments, not in a fancy plate at a restaurant in Palawan. But if you are still on the safe side, then go for the latter instead.

So what happens next if you order Tamilok?? I actually ordered this one while I was at Baker's Hill. One order costs P120.00, but sometimes it's more expensive when you get it in a restaurant. I haven't really asked her if it's okay to eat it straight from the bag, but anyway, what she did was made a personal kinilaw marinade for my Tamilok.

She started doing so by getting the juice of one plump calamansi....  

Adding a bit or sea salt into the mix, as well as a small but fiery hot bird's eye chili...

She then added a small amount of vinegar and a bit of minced onions too to complete the mix.

The Tamilok was out of the box.....

And into the bag.

Voila. Just scrumptious.

Just in case you might be wondering, this article is not meant to gross you out, but let you know of what to expect when buying Tamilok.



The cool, woodworm mollusk swimming in the kinilaw marinade when to my mouth with ease. I wonder why it tasted like oysters when in fact the Tamilok came from mangroves. I decided to pound the chili in the marinade to even give it a better kick of heat. It was quite hard to finish everything on my own though, so I gave some to one of my friends. 

It was fresh, salty, and after what I ate, I insisted for a tall glass of water. 

If only there were more Tamilok in Manila, I'd go for this one rather than oysters.

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