It’s been awhile since I had percebes (aka gooseneck barnacles). These creatures are caught off the coast of Galicia, often in dangerous conditions, and they are not cheap. In fact, you seldom see them in restaurants here, let alone tapas bars. So when I saw some on display at Cafetería Donald, and when I found out that Ania @writtenfromseville had never tried them… well, it was a date.
Percebes are simply boiled in salt water (sea water for preference) and you eat them by holding them by the “claw” end and then give the longer end a twist and pull, exposing the meat. At this point you might be squirted with escaping sea water, but no problem. They taste of the sea and have a tender-chewy texture. Really good.