Like a Local: 10 of the most unique foods of the Philippines

by Paul Stafford  |  Published August 20, 2018

2. Kamaro

Fried crickets anyone? (Photo: K Loh via Flickr)

This has nothing to do with sensible eating and everything to do with crickets. Specifically field, or mole, crickets, which are stubby little hoppy things until they are thrown into a pot and boiled with vinegar and garlic, but not before removing their legs and wings, which mainly just get stuck in your teeth and aren’t very fun to eat at all.

Kamaro are at best a snack, some would say an appetiser but that might be taking it a bit too far. They are also a seasonal food and so may be tricky to find during most of the year. They are most popular, and easily sourced, in the Pampanga region, the Filipino food capital located a few hours north from Manila.