I’m a sucker for street foods, who doesn’t? Either inside or outside the Philippines, I love trying out street foods, except the cockroach on a stick. I’m going to put aside the skincare review posts first and would want to share some of my favorite Philippine street food.
For those who are planning to visit the Philippines, your visit won’t be complete if you will not spend a time to try the foods below:
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People typically know this as a famous shoe brand. But here in the Philippines, it’s one of the most delicious sought after grilled chicken feet. My family include this dish during birthday and even Christmas celebration. At times, when we feel like having one, we’ll just boil and make an adobo until the skin melts in every bite, while the bones are easily detached when sipped.
This is made of chicken intestines. There’s also another version from pig intestines. Both of which are delicious, but make sure that it’s well cleaned. If the taste is a little bit bitter, it only means that it was not cleansed well. Usually, it is grilled, and in orange colored and best paired with a cup of buck juice (coconut juice) and vinegar (with lots of cucumber, onion, garlic, a little bit of salt and chili).
Our famous exotic egg. Crack a small hole, and sip the soup. Add a little bit of salt and vinegar, then sip again and open the egg until you see the embryo, and eat the baby duck. It’s good I swear. It’s been known to strengthen the knees — as what the elders have been telling us. But wait, watch the number of eggs, it’s also known as a source of cholesterol.
4. Street Ice Cream or dirty Ice Cream
When you hear the bells, that’s the ice cream. It usually started to pass by in front of everyone’s houses by lunch. The flavors depends on the demand fruits. There’s cheese, mango, chocolate, vanilla, avocado, strawberries. It’s scooped in the plastic cup or in an ice cream cone, you’ll get to choose. Sometimes, you can ask to put it inside the bread – Instant snacks. I recommend to ask to put it in the bread.
Wake-up early to be able to try the taho. They usually passes by around 6am – 8am in the morning. It’s a yummy tofu, with sweetened sugar syrup plus the yummy tapioca balls. It’s healthy and yummy and It’s served hot in a cup. You can choose to lessen the syrup and to request for an additional tapioca Balls. Best if you have your own mug, I swear.
In other parts of the Philippines, like for instance in Baguio, the Taho is being sold with a strawberry syrup instead of the original sugar syrup.
Crushed ice, with mixed beans, tapioca balls, jelly, sweetened coconut strips, topped with ube yam and leech flan (sweetened milky cream custard) and served with milk. Best dessert especially during summer.
There’s also another known halo-halo here which has different style. Simple yet yummy. So far, this is my favorite. Finely crushed ice, served with milk and yummy toppings.
7. Ice Scramble
Cold pink crushed ice, served with chocolate syrup and powdered milk. It’s one of the food I grew up with. I always eat this together with number 8 right after school.
It’s not too sweet. The chocolate and milk complements the pink scramble. Plus very perfect in a tropical country like the Philippines. I swear, it’s heavenly good and cheap.
TIP: Ask kuya to add additional powdered milk, and spoon to better enjoy your cup.
8. Kwek-Kwek or Tokneneng
Kwek-kwek for the big egg coated with orange flour, and tokneneng for the quail eggs coated with orange flour. Some of the stores have different colors like green, violet, pink and yellow.
It’s very good together with vinegar. You’ll find this very common in the streets, and also in the jeep, train stations near the mall establishments. Look for a cold buck juice (coconut juice) or the gulaman (sugary sweet with black jelly).
9. Fish balls, squid balls, Kikiam and Chicken balls
Very very common. The street food which never gets expensive. When I was in my grade school days, fishballs were sold at .50 php cents. After more than 10 yrs, it’s still .50php cents per piece. All of them are best paired with the sweetened sauce + little bit of vinegar.
TIP: Ask kuya to toast the balls. And again, best paired with buck juice or gulaman.