Oko-Oko | @foodholidays.ph


Indulge in a luxurious way of eating rice.

Oko’-Oko’ is a sea urchin-stuffed rice, a heritage food of the Sama ethnolinguistic group. This precious delight entails a process of mastery from harvesting the tehe’-tehe’ (sea urchin), skillfully scraping the sharp spines, cleaning the shell’s interior, pouring the grains, and individually sealing the top with pandan leaves -before it goes through the boiling process.

Crack the shell open like a hard-boiled egg to reveal the rice with layers of gonads. This is best eaten with any meal! Try this indulgence on Santa Cruz island of Zamboanga.

Have you tried eating Oko-Oko?

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