Staple Pinoy Streetfood 101
Whether it's your first time to try street food or you're just checking out if you've missed out on anything new, here is a quick list of some of the most popular Pinoy street food :
Kwek Kwek / Blogspot
Kwek Kwek is a hard boiled quail egg that is coated in orange batter then deep fried.
Kwek Kwek / Kusina Master Recipes
Another version of Kwek Kwek is called "tokneneng," but instead of using quail egg, itms a hard boiled chicken egg coated in the batter and then fried.
Kwek Kwek is usually eaten with spicy sauce, sweet sauce or vinegar, or all three!
Fishball / Ilocano York
Fishballs are just like meatballs, but they're made of fish. They're usually the favorite out of all the Pinoy street food as it's the most affordable.
Fishball / Blogspot
Fishballs are usually fried on a wok and you have to use a small BBQ stick to get them (a process similar to fishing maybe?).
Betamax / Home Kitchenomics
They're called Betamax because of their box-like shape that resembles Betamax tapes.
Betamax tape / Stashspace
Betamax is actually grilled chicken blood.
When I found out about Betamax, I couldn't help but wonder how a person could grill blood. Apparently, when the blood is extracted from the chicken and is placed in an open container and cooled down a little, it turns gelatinous so it has a more solid form.
Taho / Wikimedia
Taho is made out of soft/silken tofu and sago pearls coated in caramelized brown sugar.
Taho vendor in action / Cebuana With Love
In a lot of places in the Philippines you will hear someone yell "TAHOOOOO" and you'll see the vendor carrying two buckets hanging on a long stick over his shoulder.
'Dirty' ice cream
Dirty Ice Cream / OT Foodspotting Production
Dirty ice cream isn't literally "dirty." It is sometimes also called "sorbetes." It is usually served on waffle cones, sugar cones and/or bread buns.
Sorbetes is special because unlike other desserts, it is made from coconut milk.