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Scorpion Crab: An Exotic Delicacy from Negros Occidental

Negros Occidental,

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Jun 25, 2015

In the Philippines, you’ll find this kind of crustacean that looks like both a scorpion and a crab, thus the name “scorpion crab.”

With the freshly caught uson; photo courtesy of MagTV Na Amiga!

If you’re in Negros Occidental you’ll find this crustacean in Sipalay City, the southern portion of the island.

The Scorpion Crab or locally known as uson; Photo courtesy of MagTV na Amiga

It is a local exotic delicacy which they cook with garlic, onions, ginger, coconut milk and lemon grass. Some say it tastes like shrimp! So if you like seafoods, give uson a try. It might be your next favorite seafood.

Spicy uson; photo courtesy of MagTV Na Amiga!

Uson or oson dwell in muddy holes like mangrove swamps or fishponds. It is nocturnal in nature and lives mostly inside the hole but leaves it on rainy days.

Uson is also known as “kolokoy” or “talatak” in Tagalaog, “mania” in Cebuano or simply as “mud lobster.”

How to Get There:

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab and ask to be dropped off at the nearest bus station for Bacolod-Sipalay.


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