It’s almost repetitive to mention that the Philippines is a lovely destination. Interesting is the Filipinos’ extraordinary passion for eating.
Originally, street foods were intended to satisfy hunger while hurrying from one activity to another. Filipinos have created delicious finger food snacks; flavored with a variety of ingredients.
Isaw is a popular Filipino street dish. Usually, pig or chicken intestines are grilled or deep-fried with a slab of special sauce. Don’t worry; the intestines are cleansed intensely before grilling.
Betamax is pig or chicken blood that has been coagulated and diced in cubes. The name comes from the Betamax video cassette tape box. Betamax, although being produced from blood, has no odor or flavor. Its mild to bitter taste begs for a side of spicy vinegar.
3. Cheese sticks
In making the Pinoy street food cheese sticks, the spring-roll wrapper is filled with cheddar cheese and deep-fried till golden and crispy. It comes with a pink ketchup and mayonnaise dip.
It is the Philippines’ cheapest street food. Fishballs are crushed fish, typically pollock or cuttlefish, with plenty of flour, flattened and skewered before deep-frying, dipped in your choice of sauce before serving.
5. Squid balls
Squid balls are similar to fish balls but fluffier and not limp when deep-friend. They are made using squid, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Sorbetes (dirty ice cream) is a popular Pinoy delicacy introduced during the American occupation. The sorbetero sells this delicious delicacy on the street in colorful wooden pushcarts.
7. Banana cue
Deep-fried bananas covered in caramelized brown sugar make a tasty snack on the move. Camote cue, a sweet potato substitute, is also available.
No time for breakfast and need a quick fix? Taho is the Filipino’s best buddy. In it are sago pearls and fresh soft or silken tofu.
If you’ve been reading about street foods in the Philippines, you’ve undoubtedly come across the most talked-about Filipino delicacy: Balut. Unfertilized duck egg (16–21 days) with yolk and semi-developed duck embryo eaten from the shell! Some find it disgusting, but after a few bites, you’ll realize that this unique Filipino street cuisine is something you must try.