Filipino Seed Snacks

Among many Filipinos’ fondest memories is gathering around a bowl of dried watermelon seeds with a piece of old newspaper on hand ready to be piled with discarded shells. Ahhh… butong pakwan!!

Filipino Seed Snacks

Dried seeds are old-time favorite Filipino snacks. Fun and addictive to snack on, satisfying one’s oral fixations, unshelled seeds boast a fairly low “calorie to bite” ratio — what with the amount of effort involved in carefully extracting each seed’s kernel from out of the shell. In terms of nutritional value, seeds run a close second to traditional nuts as a source of potassium, manganese and zinc.

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What is Yema?

Yema is the Spanish word for “egg yolk.”

This soft Philippine candy is shaped into either a pyramid or a ball, and then wrapped in cellophane. It originated from Spain, where nuns in monasteries used egg yolks donated to them by winemakers (who used only the white part of eggs in their winemaking process) to make sweets and pastries.

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This word is from the Spanish sorbete (meaning: sorbet or sherbet).

local ice cream

a man who sells ice cream

Mamang Sorbetero (Mister Ice-Cream Man) is the title of a popular Tagalog song in the Philippines. Continue reading “SORBETES”



Fondly known as “Filipino crack” to young FilAms, polvoron is a sweet molded treat whose basic ingredients are toasted flour, margarine or butter, sugar and powdered milk. Continue reading “PULBURON”


Deep-fried pork rinds of the Philippines… That’s chicharon!

Munch, munch, munch… dip in vinegar spiked with chili peppers and pray you don’t get a heart attack later in the day.

Did you know that there are many different kinds of chicharon in the Philippines?

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BALUT: Filipino duck egg


duck egg with a developed embryo

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More often spelled as barquiron, influenced by Spanish. Barkiron is the spelling based on Tagalog orthography.

Barquiron from Bacolod: Bongbong's brand

Barquiron are barkilyos filled with pulburon, then individually wrapped in colorful cellophane.

It is highly likely the name barquiron is a portmanteau of the words barquillos and polvoron.

Barquiron and Barkilyos are delicacies associated with the city of Bacolod, the capital of Negros Occidental province, which is part of the Visayas region of the Philippines. BongBong’s is a popular local brand.

In the nearby Iloilo area, Rewel’s is a known brand, spelling their product’s name as barqueron.

Top 10 Filipino Street Food

Top 10 Filipino Goodies You Can Buy in the Streets of the Philippines?

1. Kamote-cue is sweet potato that’s coated with brown sugar and deep-fried in oil; several large pieces are served on a thin bamboo skewer.

Kamote-cue and Banana-kyu

2. Banana-cue is saba (a fat cooking variety of banana) that’s coated with brown sugar and deep-fried in oil; one large one or two small bananas are served on a skewer.

3. Kwek-Kwek are hard-boiled quail eggs coated with batter and then deep-fried. Tokneneng is the term when chicken eggs are used.

Filipino Street Food

4.  Fish balls are round, airy fish-flavored dough deep-fried in oil and then skewered on a stick. Various dipping sauces are provided. Squid balls and chicken balls are recent variations.

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