My Favorite Philippine Streetfood

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:

Disclaimer: Photos have been downloaded from google search engine.

  1. Adidas


    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.

     

    2. Isaw


    Chicken Intestine


    Pig intestine

    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).

     

    3. Balut


    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.

     

    5. Taho


    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.

     

    6. Halo-Halo


    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.

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    Heavenly Hot Mug

    Rainy morning is best partnered with a hot mug. Mccafe is just around the corner, and it’s only up to this day when I’ve learned that it is all over Asia, I thought it’s only located here in the Philippines .

    I’ve been a fan of McDonalds because of their ice cream. It’s the kind of sweets which Filipinos love because of the high temperature weather. Little did I know that McDonals is affiliated with McCafe (You’re free to comment if this is incorrect).

    There’s a newly opened theatre in BGC, with McCafe. We went there to roam around the place, unfortunately, it rained hard. Sudden and unplanned, we just stayed inside the coffee shop. The coffee shop is cozy, but only provides snacks, breads to be exact.

    I ordered Chicken Pesto Panini and Hot Choco.


    Their hot choco is quite pricey as compared to the chocolate being sold in Mcdonalds. Why am I compare the two? Because the taste is the same. Just that in Mcdonalds, it’s a lot sweeter. The cup presentation is great, with a heart shaped made of sugar, and the mouth of the mug was covered with sugar. Maybe that’s the reason why it’s a bit expensive (P120 – small mug).


    The chicken pesto is delicious. I love pesto so I appreciate the pesto > chicken. 🙂

    Feel a need to relax and read a book? Or chat with your girlfriends? You may head out to McCafe. Their staffs are super accommodating, and they will welcomed you with a great big smile.

    Botejyu – Okonomiyaki

    I was alone in the mall, running some things for myself. Then I stumbled upon this restaurant — Botejyu. It’s already my habit to check tomato.com and read reviews before I try to dine in to a new restaurant. I’ve read that the place caters authentic Japanese foods, specifically for okonomiyaki. With the said “good” reviews, I decided to enter the restaurant. I wasn’t able to take a snapshot of the place, my bad! But it’s a cool place, a little classy, good for  couple date, friends and family date.

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    When I was given a good seat, as pov, the waiter given me a menu. And since the place is know for okonomoyaki, ofcourse, I scanned through the page of okonomiyaki.

    While waiting for my order, these containers caught my eyes. A side full of condiments. Who would want to have an unlimited bonito flakes / okonomoyaki sauce and NORI?! The NORI widen my eyes as usually, I would need to add additional bills for an extra nori. haha!

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    After 15 mins, my food arrived. Okonomiyaki was served with a separated bowl of rice and kimchi. I guess the server got too excited and cut the food in 4’s.  The egg was half cooked , which I didn’t like because I don’t eat raw eggs.

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    With that said, because I didn’t like the raw eggs, I showered my food with lots of nori. haha. — As you can see below. I also poured lots of okonomiyaki sauce, which really complements the food — ooohhh so good!! *__*

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    And if you’ll ask me why it is worth it….

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    While munching on the okonomiyaki, there were several whole shrimps scattered in my order. Who wouldn’t like that?!

     

    Total Bill:300+

    Rate: Oh so good!

    Will I come back? Definitely yes! Im craving while Im publishing this post.

     

    Botejyu Philippines
    Ground Floor, North Wing,
    Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City