The spikes of these creatures are really deceiving. Not to mention some of which are quite poisonous when it comes in contact with your skin – sea urchin injury is another story, though. Who knew they can be such an expensive delicacy in countries like Japan (uni) and Italy (ricci di mare)? A few years ago I absolutely thought these creatures were just another addition to marine life monsters that I’ll be fearing of. I guess not anymore.
In a visit to Bohol, along the Virgin Island near Panglao (a boat ride away), I found myself drawn into the fact that I need to know what a sea urchin tastes like. Luckily, local vendors offered me to have a quick taste of their freshly caught urchins. I have never planned of eating it raw but then again, I did what I had to do.
How to eat sea urchins?
Looking at the person preparing the “feast” for me (on the spot), I was carefully observing how he does it. With the use of the knife, he removed the prickly spikes and sliced a part of the creature. Sort of like cracking an egg but with nothing oozing out. Once the orange stuff was showing, the man scraped it from the shell. So, I believe that was the part where I will put it in my mouth.
He carried a local “sinamak” – which is actually a mix of vinegar and many different spices. He poured in onto the sea urchin’s “insides” (I suppose I’ll call it that) and directly from the knife, I slurped it down! It was light and foamy – the inside was salty, subtle and has an unforgettable taste of the sea. Thank goodness I did not die!
This was one experience I will never forget. On a little note, I did not bring my water on that day so I was stuck with that clear taste of salt water with an added kick of sea urchin soft orange parts! Haha! Have you had your taste of sea urchins?