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This journal entry is about Escargot. Yep, the French delicacy- SNAILS. So, Parlez-vous français ? Non, but I do Parlez-vous escargot (Lol) err, I mean I do eat escargot, the Pinoy (Filipino) way, that is. :)
One sunny day I asked my mum to look for snails in the market. I suddenly had this craving for Kuhol (snails in Filipino) which made me wonder how the French serve their famous appetizer of escargot. Thus I did some research and I was surprised to learn about a few things...
First, the snails come from a can! But eventhough it comes from a can, the print on the can saying "French Snails" seemingly makes it appetizing already.
Second, the snails in the can are already de-shelled. Aww! Where's the fun in that? I don't know about you, but I like the challenge of trying to get the snail out of its shell, hehe. I also read that the empty shells are bought separately, so after it's cooked with garlic, herbs, French liquor, and butter, the snails are inserted back in the shells, and voilà! Escargot Bourguignonne (sounds so delicious and complicated eh?) ! :) Hmm, I'd love to try that authentic French appetizer some day, I read the snails taste differently per species &/or region.
Here in the Philippines, we are fortunate enough to have access to a lot of fresh seafood.
There is only one way to prepare the Filipino version of escargot (well, only one I've heard of so far...) and this is with coconut milk. Quite yummy if you know how to do it right. The trick is to steep the live snails in water overnight (at least) before you cook them (and change the water every so often) to get rid of the dirt, sand, and grit (eww, I hate biting into a gritty tail end!).
How to de-shell: 1. Suck the closed/cracked end part, then suck the opening, and out it comes! Lol 2. shake it out by holding the shell (with it's opening facing down your plate) a few inches high while bumping your wrists together 3. use a toothpick to get it out- but this usually breaks the meat in half and you'll just end up with the head part (Lol). Personally, I prefer #2. Best served with rice! Mmm!