Four hundred fifty pesos for a pack of 70 grams Chiton Chicharon. Do I heard the lady right? Or it was three packs for that price. Whatever, price for one was too expensive. Three packs were still too costly for the food that I was not familiar with.
It is chiton chicharon. Base on their display, it is a sea creature. A mollusc. It crawl on rocks and somewhat resemble a species of leech. I am very sorry for my comparison. It was the first thing that popped out of my mind.
I used to love pork chicharon. It was irresistible. However, health problem is preventing me from doing the old habit. Maybe chiton chicharon is a healthier alternative. Maybe!
Chiton and pork back-fat to skin must have similar makeup. Frying make both pop and crisp. In case the package is not labeled properly, I would have thought of it as the usual pork.
I have one pack sponsored to me for testing. I’ll update once done.
Experiment done. It worked out well. I cannot reveal the specifics, though. You’ll know soon enough if the guy push through with the project.
While working, I set aside few for taste test. It is good. I could taste better if explored more. There could be a more flavorful species or other cooking trick that may improve it. Partnering it with balsamic or chili vinegar is one of the simplest example.
Seeing in my mind how it crawl still give me creeps. I am pretty sure there are more of me with the same feeling. Not wanting to eat insects because it is not usually eaten. Worms on food is disgusting so how on earth someone can easily eat mealworms. Makers of these products should focus on changing the mindset of customers. Change their perception on edible insects. See them as casual everyday meal or healthier alternative.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.