Filipinos are very resourceful; we don’t like putting anything to waste. That’s exactly the reason why we created…
A Chinese invention popularized by Filipinos, who doesn’t remember waking up in the morning to the bellowing and beckoning of Manong Taho? Say it with me, now: “Taaahooooooooooooo!”
Squidballs, Fishballs, and Kikiam
These aren’t the balls of fish, but instead flavored fish paste rolled into balls and deep fried in a oil, which is probably a mixture of palm and some motor oil. But what really gives it flavor is the dipping sauce, affectionately known as the Sawsawan ng Bayan. We know you know why.
Popcorn and Cotton candy
Every impatient kid remembers getting excited for these treats once mass comes to an end every Sunday. Until today, it’s still a staple outside many churches across the country.
Pork BBQ and Hotdog
What do you do if there’s no ulam at home? You buy hotdogs or BBQ from Manang across the street and have a feast!
Kwek-kwek and Tokneneng
Made from quail eggs, they say the name Kwek-kwek came from the sound it makes when you fry it in oil. Some say it came from the sound you make when you start choking on it after eating too much. Tokneneng, on the other hand, is kwek-kwek using chicken eggs. It doesn’t matter though, we know you still love it.
This is probably the most luxurious street food on this list. Another variation of this is Inihaw na Daing na Pusit, very popular near docks and seafood markets.
Who knew unripe mangoes and radishes went so well with bagoong? We Filipinos know this, because we’re awesome.
Halo-halo, Mais Con Hielo, and Ice Scramble
Very popular in crowded places like Divisoria or Quiapo during the summer (or whenever it’s hot outside), this only tastes as good as the creativity of the one serving it. Hint: The more colorful it is, the better!
Leeg ng Manok
Like we’ve said before, Filipinos are resourceful. Our lifestyle is practical, and we make full use of whatever we have, sometimes a little too much.
Chicken Skin and Chicharon
Cheap? Check. Unhealthy? Check. Delicious? Definitely. Can you dip it in vinegar? Check. Better deep fry it to a crisp then.
Surprisingly, for something that seems really disgusting, it doesn’t taste or smell like anything. Best dipped in vinegar.
One of the most popular street foods in the Philippines, the pig’s or chicken’s intestines are cut, cleaned, skewered, and grilled. In the Filipino mindset, if we can grill or fry it, we can eat it. This applies to everything.
Arguably the most internationally popular Filipino street food, a lot of judgment gets passed around from our enjoyment of this boiled duck fetus. Touted as an aphrodisiac, and the subject of many drunken dares, this is best enjoyed in the dark, with a beer. Try not to look at it too much.
Street food in the Philippines varies from province to province, and this list is far from complete. Share this with your friends and share your pagka-Pinoy with all of them!