Isaw? Banana cue? Fishballs? Or turon? Alin gusto mo? (Which do you want)?
One of the coolest things about being Pinoy is having an easy access to street foods. Just go to Manila (especially within the University belt) and you'd know what I mean about having really fast food. My daughter and I decided to take a few photos of street food vendors in Balibago Complex, Santa Rosa City. They're your usual food stalls and carts complete with fried kikiam, fishballs, squid balls, lumpia, kwek-kwek, tokneneng, isaw, turon, and some new additions such as the dynamite.
Speak of additions, our street foods are also now available inside malls. I'd have to be blunt in saying that these are much cleaner than the usual food carts that you can find in the streets. The mall is, of course air-conditioned so you have the added comfort of controlled temperature while you're enjoying your food. Plus, you won't have to worry about swatting away flies or stepping on a roach now and then. The mall street food versions are more expensive, as expected, but that's because you're paying for the ambiance and the cleanliness.
(Below, I coaxed my daughter to critique the street foods in complete Filipiniana regalia), who would walk us through each street food that she bought then tasted. This was also my way of getting her gastronomically experience Pinoy street foods. Another lesson learned for her today --
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Street foods in the Visayan region are also different. Apart from your usual roasted native chicken, I was able to get my hands on a few interesting finds --
Ginanggang is, apparently, saging na saba (cardaba banana) sprinkled with table sugar. Kabkab, this thin cassava wafer, is a unique Leyteño street food (it is called saritsit in Digos City or kiping among the Chavacanos).
To cap these all, I would like to leave one question which remained unanswered throughout our expedition -
Alin ang kwek-kwek at alin ang tokneneng (Which is called kwek-kwek and which one is the tokneneng)?
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