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Street food in the Philippines

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All over the Philippines, you will see street food sellers. Especially in the afternoon, they show up everywhere, preparing their wares on the street and selling it to passers-by.
Filipinos eat whole day, in small portions, but they eat whole day. To get some of the large variety of street food is convenient and easy. Most of these food products are sold on sticks and are easy to bring while doing their errands or on the way going home.

  • Among these street foods you will find all leftover’s from chicken after butchering. Nothing is thrown away, except feathers and bones. You will find the heads, feet, intestines and even the clotted blood, cut in cubes and grilled. Even complete one-day chicklets
  • Very well known and talked (and written) about is balut or balot. Balut is a duck egg, hatched for a few weeks so it has developed an embryo, but not fully grown. The egg is boiled, cooled down and is eaten like that, direct from the shell. Filipinos say it stimulates the libido! Could that be the reason there are so many children?
  • More harmless street foods (in my eyes) are prepared with bananas or sweet potatoes. In general they taste good and are not that dangerous to eat for people with sensitive stomach. Most of the time in egg roll or fried in oil, so it might be oily.
  • Peanuts and mani are also sold a lot. Boiled fresh peanuts or peeled and fried with garlic and/or pepper.
  • You will also find many, often orange-colored, balls. These could be chicken eggs or quail eggs in batter and fried in oil. Also fish and other ingredients are used to form in balls, battered and fried.
  • Often you will also see vendors selling green mangoes. These mangoes are not sweet (they haven’t ripened yet completely). Filipinos like to eat these mangoes with salt or vinegar. The story goes that pregnant women like them a lot.
  • And of course there’s the barbecue stick. Most of the time grilled pork meat.

Of course, this list is not complete. There are many more street foods, many only locally found. I did not list the varieties of ice cream and halo-halo. These are for another post.
Feel free to try one of these street foods if you think your stomach can handle it, or you are an adventurous person.
One more thing:
Filipinos like to dip their street food in a kind of vinegar where spices are added. A container with this vinegar is always present on the stall or cart.
Hygienic circumstances of preparing these foods are not always very good. For this reason, foreigners should be aware and check carefully if they are going to try some. Personally, I have tried a few of them, but I always take care in what I eat. My stomach does not let me eat anything I see.

Street food in the Philippines

All kinds of street foods in the Philippines. Eaten by many, liked by even more.

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One Comment

  • HeyJoe commented on 19 February, 2015 Reply

    A study was actually done once on the street food. The most deadly? Cold drinks! Apparently the water they use is already contaminated. I guess that’s a no-brainer. Plus, it sits there all day with stuff growing in it.

    The other foods, liked grilled dog, er, pork, is actually quite safe. You see how they sear it by fanning the coals? They get it to near 800 F degrees. The sauce, as scary as it looks, is good. Vinegar, soy sauce, onions, garlic, and peppers. Highly acidic. It will help sterilize the food.

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