Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Community | 4 Comments

Rex Navarrete probably said it best: “I really wanna see Filipino cuisine on Food Network… I’m tired of seeing Filipino cuisine on Fear Factor.”

While we do agree that Adobo, Sinigang, and Kare-Kare deserve recognition in the pantheon of awesome edibles, we’ve come across a few Pinoy delicacies that, errrr… let’s just say we could all probably name a few people who’d turn down large amounts of cash if it meant they wouldn’t have to chow down on (and likely chuck out) these “unconventional” edibles.

Now if you happen to be one of the adventurous YOLO dieticians, we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we not only put together this list of funky Filipino food conquests for you, but the best part? You can find ‘em all by whipping out your looloo app!

Uok (Beetle Larvae)

Find on looloo: Balaw-Balaw Restaurant

Funky Filipino Food on looloo: Uok - Balaw-balaw Restaurant

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Balaw-Balaw is famous for their exotic menu of native Filipino dishes but their Uok is definitely worth a special mention — after tasting some Soup No.5 (you’d think this would be weird enough), sucking the insides out of the juicy larvae was enough to leave Bizzare Foods host Andrew Zimmern at a loss for words. The best part? “Best eaten raw.”

Tamilok (Shipworms)

Find on looloo: Kinabuchs Bar & Grill

Funky Filipino Food on looloo: Tamilok - Kinabuchs Bar and Grill

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Yes, you read right, shipWORM. This Puerto Princesa delicacy, often prepared kinilaw style, marinated in vinegar and/or citrus juices, puts balut to shame in terms of gross-out factor. looloo reviewers have said that this particular pulutan dish goes best with a round of beer. If you ask us, we think it’d go best with 3 or 4… (preferably before even ordering this stuff).

Crocodile Sisig

Find on looloo: Kinabuchs Bar & Grill

Funky Filipino Food on looloo: Crocodile Sisig - Kinabuchs Bar and Grill

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Kinabuchs makes it to our list AGAIN with their Crocodile sisig. As if sisig wasn’t already strange enough (pig face, brains, and innards? Whuuuut?). Described by some as tasting like chicken and somewhat rubbery, as with almost everything served on a sizzling plate in the Philippines, the dish is an inuman session favorite for both locals and visitors on the island of Palawan.

Kamaru (Mole Crickets)

Find on looloo: Abe Restaurant, Everybody’s Cafe

Funky Filipino Food on looloo: Kamaru

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Jiminy Crickets! …literally. A favorite among balikbayans, these crispy little critters are often simply sautéed in some onions, garlic, and oil. They’re so good that even higher-end restaurants like Abe have put their own spin on the dish. Sorry, Pinocchio, this is one time we’re not likely to listen to our conscience.

Sili Ice Cream

Find on looloo: 1st Colonial Grill

Funky  Filipino Food on looloo: Sili Ice Cream - 1st Colonial Grill

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And to round out our list, of course… dessert! Clearly them Bicolanos love their spicy food, but omgwtfbbq they really outdid themselves with this one. Sili ice cream. Yes, ice cream that can actually MAKE you sweat. A member of The looloo Crew had the chance to try this dish firsthand and had this to say: “My taste buds have never been so confused.”

Tell us about your last experience with funky Filipino food in the comments!


  1. kate raymundo
    June 14, 2013

    @_@ scary hahaha, but I wanted to try the Sili Ice cream :D

  2. Teeepot
    June 14, 2013

    Sili ice cream could be the Filipino version of wasabi ice cream, though. I wouldn’t mind getting my taste buds confused for a bit. I cannot imagine eating the shipworms. My stomach is turning by just looking at it.

    • EJ dela Vega
      June 17, 2013

      Sili ice cream’s theme song: Hot N Cold by Katy Perry! Haha

      Yeah tamilok definitely loses stars from looks alone. :))

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