Top 10 Filipino Street Food

Filipinos’ love for food is exceptional. Despite three large meals comprising their day (all of which typically consist of at least a cup of rice), they still enjoy taking several snacks in between. and just recently, CNN dubbed as Manila as one of the greatest street food cities in Asia, wherein it reported in its article that Philippines is “a city filled with street food options”. The Philippines entirely is a haven for street foods. As your local travel guide in the Philippines, here’s a top ten list of Filipino street foods.

1. Isaw

Top 10 Filipino Street Food
The intestines are coiled onto skewers, and grilled until charred and smoky. The pig intestines are a little chewier and stronger tasting, while chicken intestines are just like mini tube sausages. One of the best things about eating isaw (and true for lots of Filipino street foods) is seasoning with vinegar.

 

2. Fishballs

Top 10 Filipino Street Food

Although there are already fish ball stalls found inside the malls, nothing beats the fish balls sold on the streets. For five pesos only, you already have 7 fish balls in a cup topped with either a sweet or a spicy sauce.

 

3. Kwek Kwek

Top 10 Filipino Street Food
These street foods are hard boiled eggs with an orange colored batter coating and cooked deep fry. Another version of it is Tukaneneng, to which they use quail eggs instead of chicken eggs. T

4. Banana Cues

Top 10 Filipino Street Food
The “cue” in these two street food sweets is derived from “barbecue”, because just like Filipino pork barbecue, they are also served on skewers. Both are made by taking the banana and kamote (sweet potato) and deep frying them with brown sugar, giving them a glistening gold finish.

5. Betamax

Top 10 Filipino Street Food

This is one that’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. Betamax, named after the black tapes of the 70’s it resembles, is grilled coagulated pork or chicken blood. It doesn’t possess any foul or robust taste or smell. Aside from the variety in texture, many of these grilled animal innards depend on sauces for taste.

6. Chicharon

Top 10 Filipino Street Food
These are cracklings made from different parts of chicken and pig. They are seasoned and deep fried. Just the smell of these cracklings would make you want to buy it. Chicharon street foods include Chicken Skin (made from the skin of the chicken), Chicharong baboy (from pork rind), Chicharong Bituka (from chicken and pork intestines) and Chicharong bulaklak (from Pork Omentum).

7. Helmet

Top 10 Filipino Street Food

The name of this next one is quite the giveaway. Helmet, in the Philippine street food scene, refers to grilled chicken heads. See, no part goes to waste,

8. Adidas

Top 10 Filipino Street Food

Don’t be on the look out for fancy sneakers when somebody asks the street food vendor for some adidas. This simply refers to grilled chicken feet.

9. Taho

Top 10 Filipino Street Food
It is a soybean snack with sweet syrup and tapioca pearls. Taho is one of the favourite breakfast and snacks of children and adults.

10. Buko Juice

Top 10 Filipino Street Food
There is not a single array of street foods that doesn’t include a stall of Buko Juice here in the Philippines. For ten to fifteen pesos, you already have the refreshing buko juice mixed with evaporated and condensed milk.

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