Have you tried to eat foods that are not commonly eaten by human? Foods that looks weird and unfamiliar. Sometimes exotic foods are dangerous to our health, as we don’t know what kind of food it is and what kind of nutrients that can we get from it. In Philippines, you can find different exotic foods that most Filipino people are usually serve on their table during meal time or during special occasion as part of their tradition and ceremony.
Adobong pusa or cat adobo
Do you know that even cats are eaten by people in the Philippines? They cook it in adobo style, sautéed with garlic, onion and laurel leaf seasoned with soy sauce and vinegar. This is a favorite appetizer during their drinking spree. Specialy in some parts of Pangasinan, for them, it is the best pulutan.
Kamaro (Mole Crickets)
Is a mole cricket that burrows in the moist soil of growing rice fields of Pampanga. These mole crickets are the most delicious pulutan in Pampanga, a foodie province known for delicious dishes, the country's best cooks and most discriminating gourmands. The kamaro catchers stomp their bare feet on the soil to make the crickets surface, causing them to jump and fly awkwardly, making them easy to catch. cooking them is even more laborious. The cricket's legs and wings must be removed, after which the body is boiled in vinegar and garlic. It is then sauteed in oil, chopped oinion and tomatoes until they are chocolate brown in color. Kamaro is a party in your mouth with every bite: the initial crunch gives way to a moist interior, making it a perfect pairing with ice-cold beer. Without the wings and legs, there is no scratchy texture.
A fruit bat that feeds on over-ripe lanzones, jackfruit, durian and other tree fruit. The Philippines has over 50 species of fruit bats found throughout the country, including Subic, the Samal Caves in Davao and San Juan, Batangas. Batman, beware! Nothing is spared of the fruit bat once it's been caught. To prepare it for cooking, the entire bat is skinned, and the two glands found at the base of its limbs are removed. It is then chopped into bite-sized pieces, sauteed in oil, garlic, vinegar, tomatoes, pepper, laurel leaves and simmered until the broth has almost dried out. Although some Filipinos consider these fruit bats a delicacy, eating them must be stopped since many bat species are close to becoming endangered. These fruit bats play an important role as they help to maintain the biodiversity of the Philippines' ecological system by propagating fruit-bearing trees.
Known as the caviar of Ilocos' wealthy set, they are found on the branches of certain mango trees where these ants make their homes. You need an expert who can detect them from under the trees branches. Gathering them requires a light hand and fleet feet as the sound of foot steps makes these ants hide their eggs. Flat baskets are attached under the branches and the tree is shaken vigorously until the eggs fall into the baskets. These are fried in butter. the result: A crisp shell on th outside and creamy filling on the inside.
Some frogs are known as poisonous creature as they have poison substance secreted in their body, and this poisonous substance can kill human in minute. But Filipino people are used to make dish from the flesh of Frog or they called it stuffed frog. According to them, it tastes like chicken at first and they are.
Adobong bayawak/itlog (monitor lizard meat/eggs)
It is sautéed in garlic and onion, ginger and laurel leaf with pepper, soy sauce, and vinegar or more popularly called adobo. This is perfect for “pulutan” (food appetizer while drinking wine or liquor). The eggs are usually cook by simply boiling it, it taste salty and delicious. Their eggs are considered exotic because it’s rare and hard to find.