Sandworms, anyone? 3 ways to eat it

sandworm1-031315EL NIDO – If you are visiting El Nido in Palawan this summer, make sure to try sandworms, a well-loved delicacy here.

Called “wak-wak,” the sandworms are available in different restaurants and resorts in El Nido upon request. One of these is Ipil Suites, where and selected media and bloggers sampled the delicacy as part of a familiarization tour organized by AirAsia Zest and the government of Palawan.

When freshly caught, the wak-wak is gray in color, mainly because of the sand it ingests. The sandworm eventually becomes white after being washed thoroughly, making it look more palatable.

Cooks in El Nido have tried many ways of serving the wak-wak such as adding it to burger patties. However, they say the delicacy is best enjoyed in three simple preparations. Read on to find out what these are.


In El Nido, sandworms are known as “wak-wak.” Photo by Karen Flores,


Sandworms turn white after being cleaned. Photo by Karen Flores,


The wak-wak can be eaten raw right after it is thoroughly washed. Get a piece, dip it in vinegar or soy sauce, and dig in. The sandworm has a texture similar to squid, only a bit softer. Flavor-wise, it does not offer much and instead acts as a vehicle for the dipping sauce.


People in El Nido usually eat sandworms as kilawin. Photo by Karen Flores,


Most locals prefer eating the wak-wak as kilawin, soaking the sandworms in a mixture of vinegar and chopped tomatoes and onions. As expected, the process adds a depth of flavor to the wak-wak, making it bright and fresh.


Sandworms lend a unique texture to this adobo dish. Photo by Karen Flores,


If you are squeamish about worms, you might want to consider starting with adobong wak-wak, which looks and a lot like its squid counterpart. The sandworms are flavored with garlic, onions, salt and soy sauce, making the dish seem less exotic.

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