10 Weirdest Food to Try in the Philippines – If You Dare!

In every country, there are delicacies that you should not miss out. Trying the countries’ signature dishes are one of the best things to do in traveling. Well, what if I say that those delicacies are the food that you could not bear to eat? If you are the adventurous type of person, you will surely love to try the foods that others could not even categorize as “food”.

In the Philippines, there are various mouthwatering dishes such as lechon, halo-halo, adobo, and more. Your visit to this country would not be completed if you haven’t tried even one of these. Though, there are Filipino foods that are different from these. If you are brave enough, you should try the following weirdest foods that you could ever find in the Philippines.

1. Dinuguan

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Coming from the word “dugo” which means blood, it is a dish made of pig’s meat and pig’s blood coming from the brain. Although this dish sounds weird, this is one of the most common dishes in the Philippines. The best complimentary dish for dinuguan is rice cake or puto. They also mix it together with “Pancit Bato” in Bicol region. You can find prepared dinuguan dish in restaurant and Filipino food stalls.

2. Helmet

Helmet Street Food
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You might think about the safety device used in motorcycle, but we are not talking about that today. What I am talking about is the chicken’s head. Instead of throwing it away, Filipinos still make use of it. It is marinated and barbequed. Most of the time, you can see this in the street. Some would eat this, but some would prefer the common parts of a chicken.

3. Tamilok

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Although this one is considered as Filipino exotic food, you can only see this in some places such as the island of Palawan. Tamilok is a woodworm. Vendors sell this in food stalls like siomai or other street foods. Most buyers of this dish are foreigners who would like to try some exotic foods in the country. If you are adventurous enough, you might like to try it for yourself.

4. Tuslob-Buwa

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If you are a Filipino, you might have eaten this kind of dish without your knowledge about the ingredients used in it. The main ingredients of Tuslob-Buwa are the pig’s liver and pig’s brain. You might think that this food is weird, but lots of Filipinos love it. Without thinking about the ingredient, you might actually love the taste of it. At first glance, you won’t really have an idea about the ingredients used.

5. Kamaru

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In other countries, eating exotic food is part of their daily lives, but not Filipinos. In Luzon, there is also an exotic dish tried by the locals and foreigners. That is Kamaru. This dish is cooked cricket. They are cooking it with various recipes. Their favorite recipe is the adobong kamaru and fried kamaru. For those who tried this dish stated that it tastes similar to stir-fried shrimp.