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.
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.
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.
5. Adidas are grilled chicken feet on skewers; named after the three stripes in the German shoe company’s logo
6. Walkmen are pig ears that are marinated and then grilled on skewers
7. Turon is banana wrapped like a spring roll and deep fried; jackfruit is sometimes included in the filling.
8. Betamax is chicken or pig’s blood that’s dried and roasted; served cut into small cubes.
9. Taho is a drink made from soft bean curd sweetened with caramel syrup. You can spot a taho vendor from afar carrying two large metal cans suspended on a stick over his shoulder.
10. Iskrambol is a sweet, slushy milk-based drink that’s a favorite of Filpino children. It’s usually pink in color. There’s always an iskrambol vendor near elementary schools.
The literal translation into Tagalog of ‘street food’ is pagkaing kalye. More colloquially in Tagalog, it is pagkain sa tabing-kalsada (food by the roadside).