*I can assure you that tons of food were devoured in the making of this entry.
I think that Filipinos are experimental when it comes to food. Our imagination runs wild when we create dishes, and for the most part we let nothing go to waste. When I say nothing, I really mean ZERO wastage. Filipino street food showcases Filipinos’ imagination and devil-may-care attitude. On the upside, Filipino street food is found everywhere and is generally very inexpensive yet satisfying and packs a lot of flavor. On the downside, no one can vouch for its cleanliness. Eating Filipino street food is a roller coaster ride, and I cannot wait to take you to this exhilarating trip! 🙂
Skinless spicy peanuts or mani, one shot glass is P5.00 (US $0.11)
Camote cue or sweet potato fritter, one stick is P12.00 (US $0.27)
Potato fritter in a cup, P10.00 (US $0.22)
Cooking camote cue
Sliced banana wrapped in lumpia wrapper or turon, P10.00 (US $0.22). The best turon is the one with a slice of jackfruit or langka inside the wrapper.
Banana fritter, one stick is P12.00 (0.27) and kwek-kwek or quail eggs in batter fried to look like golden eggs, 5 pieces cost P15.00 (US $0.33)
Kwek-kwek. If you have to say it twice, it must be nice
Fried vegetable roll or lumpiang gulay, this usually goes with vinegar. One piece is P7.00 (US $0.16)
Green mango with shrimp paste or manggang hilaw at bagoong, P20.00 (US $0.44)
Pineapple with and without its outer layer, P25.00 (US $0.56)
Buttered sweet corn, P25.00 (US $0.56) for a small cup and P48.00 (US $1.07) for a big cup. Thank you, Mr. Vendor for posing.
Dirty ice cream or homemade ice cream that comes in three flavors, cookies and cream, mango and cheese. Several scoops of ice cream with sugar cone cost P30.00 (US $0.67). The ice cream seems like a good idea in the middle of a sweltering Manila day, but it will make you thirsty. You need to buy a drink.
Drinks options, from mineral water to soda
One of my childhood favorites, cotton candy, P10.00 (US $0.22)
The machine that weaves every child’s dream
Pig’s laman, marinated then grilled over charcoal and eaten with vinegar-based sauce (sweet, spicy, sweet and spicy). It can be eaten with rice and call it dinner. One stick is P12.00 (US $0.27)
To-be-grilled pig ears or tenga ng baboy. Also known as Walkman. One stick is P7.00 (US $0.16)
Grilled chicken gizzard or balun-balunan, one stick is P10.00 (US $0.22)
Pig intestine or isaw ng baboy, one stick is P6.00 (US $0.13)
Chicken intestine or isaw ng manok, one stick is P3.00 (US $0.07) and congealed pig’s blood shaped like a box marinated and grilled. It is called Betamax, one stick is P2.00 (US $0.04)
Choose your poison and the vendor will grill it in front of you. Just do not stay too close to the grill because the grilled food has a certain distinct smell that stays with sticks to your hair and clothes.
Cooked isaw ng manok
Cooked laman and Betamax
If you want something with the stamp of approval, you can buy chips.
Sari-sari store, a common sight in Philippine streets. They sell everything but the kitchen sink.
I visited a couple of places in Quezon City this weekend and encountered these items. I can say that I did not meet a Pinoy street food I did not like, and I am in perfect health as of this writing. No revolution in my stomach, not even a teeny weeny bit of uprising. 🙂
I would like to thank all the vendors I met yesterday and today. Thank you for letting me take photos of your merchandise and for the short conversations we had about food and life. Until next time.
Pats! Thank you so much! 🙂