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This Thing Called Sikat-Sikat

By Kitchyart on 20 January, 2016


My dad should be the one writing this entry since he’s the one who has friends who send us all sorts of interesting food. This is worth a special mention because it’s something unusual to me and I hope our readers could shed more light on this.

Sunday market day is an errand my dad looks forward to, and though I join him on rare occasions, it amazes me to see how he’s friendly with all the vendors and knows most of the people shopping as well. He bumped into one of his friends, Mr. B, who stumbled upon some shellfish called “sikat-sikat”. Mr. B got all excited and instructed my dad to expect a cooked lunch from him the same day.

Mr. B fulfilled his promise and made a personal delivery to our home. He brought large safety pins (like the ones used for cloth diapers) and demonstrated how to extract the “sikat-sikat” from its shell. I wish I was there to witness this whole conversation, I was napping while all this took place. The dish was prepared in a delicate coconut milk sauce and tossed with some fresh kangkong. My folks summoned me to the kitchen after Mr. B had left and I was happy to wake up to a good meal.

Hello friends in food! Are you familiar with this shellfish sikat-sikat? Food gifts are fantastic and educational ?

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It took a few tries to master how to remove the meat from the shell. I was munching away at the tiny morsels for a good 45 minutes. The meat is mildly chewy and there’s just a small sharp bit on its tip that needs to be removed. This type of shellfish is more commonly known in Visayas and Mindanao; our helpers at home recognized “sikat-sikat” and say that they taste great in soup and pancit as well.

So fellow eaters, are you familiar with “sikat-sikat”? Is there another name for it? Would love to hear from you!




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  • JANUARY 20, 2016 6:24 PM

    tiara said...

    oh! we used to eat them a lot as kids in davao. i dont know what we called them, it was usually prepared like tinola. i loved the soup! wasnt so sure about the shell fish. haha.

  • FEBRUARY 10, 2016 10:19 PM

    millet said...

    we call this "sikad-sikad". in palawan it's called "ranga-ranga". a local supermarket here in davao sells it by the kilo already unshelled, but that takes away the thrill of prying the meat out of the shells.