Ararawan is no other than the popular Kapampangan “exotic” kamaru. Mole cricket, field cricket. But it’s also an Ilokano food exotica of sort. Picked right from upturned/plowed rice field soil come rainy season. Gathering ararawan for the day’s lunch is always an adventure for me as kid who grew up in a farming community. At the advent of the rice planting season and farmers are busy preparing the fields, we children follow them and their carabaos or kuligligs (hand tractors) and chase the ararawans. It’s always a delicacy for me then, and now, I’m desperately craving for it because it’s decades that I’m unlucky in my market forays to even catch a glimpse of this edible insect–of the crunchy adobong ararawan or kinirog nga ararawan (sauteéd mole crickets) eaten with steaming rice. I even go to the rice fields to no avail, ararawan these days are becoming a rarity just like the old birabid and “native” black snails…

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