They called it “saliot” or “saliyut” or “sali-yot” at the public market in Coron, Palawan… and when asked to describe from where it was obtained, it became clear that it was some sort of shell meat. In fact, they were describing what sounded like large clams. Could these be from baby giant clams? I hoped not, as I think those are considered endangered and shouldn’t be touched at all. Plus there was so much of this on offer, it didn’t sound like there was a shortage of whatever shell was giving up its stunning looking innards for human consumption. Pieces of white “meat” were edged with the most mesmerizing opalescent like lips. The colors deep green blues, and irridescent shades in between framed by jet black. They were packaged in plastic bags in ready to go portions. I have no idea how they cook this, either.
I haven’t found any more information on this ingredient and hope that some readers might be able to shed some light on them. What types of shells do they really come from, are these on coral reefs, or from deeper depths? How are they cooked? What do they taste like?