A Facebook post by John Sherwin Felix, a home cook, went viral when he shared a photo of a dinosaur egg-looking salt called asin tibuok in Filipino. What’s even more exciting is that it can actually be bought online by those curious enough to try.
Felix explained in his post that he ordered the rare ingredient, which translates to “unbroken salt”, from Alburquerque, Bohol. The salt’s production process is a dying tradition, only carried by a few families due to its difficulty, as explained by the National Museum Bohol.
The post also pointed out the difficult process of making asin tibuok. The coconut husks are soaked in seawater, which takes several months. Once the husks have fully absorbed the seawater, they are dried then subsequently burned.
Finally, the collected ashes are mixed with seawater and placed in a filtering system. The concentrated seawater from the process will be boiled in a small clay pot until it turns into artisanal salt.
According to Felix, asin tibuok‘s taste is far from the usual table salt. Felix described it as having a ‘sharp smokey taste and faint fruity flavor.’ For use, it can be powderized, used as regular salt, or break it into big chunks.
Apart from incorporating the rare salt in dishes, Felix also suggested that it can be used as a display in the house as a conversation starter.
For those who want to get their hands on this dinosaur egg-shaped salt, there is an online store from Makati called Ritual. You can add-to-cart asin tibuok from their shop for 700 pesos.
However, Felix highly encourages people to directly buy from Bohol if possible. He shared a contact person named Marijel Nobong, who interested customers can reach. He bought the salt for 450 pesos and paid a 300 pesos shipping fee to NCR.