Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Batanes • Goin' loco over Coco Crabs

Another prized delicacy in Batanes is the tatus crab. Also called Coconut Crab because of its propensity of climbing the local coconut palm for a taste of its fruit, it is not everyday fare mainly due to its princely sum -- P600 per kilo. Looking menacing alive, it turns a lovely brown color when cooked. The pincers are especially valued for its meat while the middle part is full of very rich, very creamy fat, termed as aligue in the vernacular. In my three trips to the islands, this marked the first time I got a taste of this crab (many thanks to Batanes Cultural Travel Agency) though I only had a little bit of the fat because it was so rich,  I can almost feel my cholesterol levels spiking.

11 comments:

Travis said...

What an interesting looking creature. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

lagal[og] said...

thanks travis. it is indeed a curiosity, looking very menacing with its pincers.

Random Ramblings said...

im not so fond of these creatures, either at the beach or at the dinner table. but nice shot! wont dare though to take such shot myself without using a telephoto lens =)

lagal[og] said...

thanks arlene. i shot it with a 60mm prime macro lens but believe it or not, we were even playing with it like it was a pet while on the way to sabtang and back to batan.

Ferdz said...

Naku! Nag enjoy ako kumain nyan last time I was there. Parang me natural gata na sya sa lasa. :D

lagal[og] said...

wulferdz, i liked the taste alright but found the aligue really kinda deadly :-) but i'm so lucky to partake of it for free as a guest :-D otherwise, i would gladly spend the php600 for other things na lang

Lawstude said...

wow. yan pala yon. kakatakot pag buhay pero masarap naman pag naluto.

great capture oggie.

Millie said...

Ogbear ganda ng kuha mo sa kawawang crab parang nakangiti pa sya :)

lagal[og] said...

naka-smile ba? parang bumubula nga ang bibig hehehe

Millie said...

baka lasing heheh

lagal[og] said...

hindi naman millie, matagal lang siyang wala sa tubig kasi we went to sabtang with the crab and back to batan. the bcta guys treated them (kasi dalawa) like pets on a leash

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