Filipino Snacks: Part 1
Filipinos’ love for food is evident in the number of mealtimes they have in the entire day. They, of course, have three major meals a day, but in between those meals, they also have snack times. Filipino snacks could be anything, it could be a delectable dish, a sweet dessert, a fresh bread, or a hot soup. You may find some Filipino foods too exotic for your taste, but for most, Filipino snacks are practically anything that can fill a hungry stomach.
The list should be lengthy, but we only chose the most popular ones.
Popular Filipino Snacks You May Want to Try
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Kakanin comes from the word kanin, which means rice, but it also means edibles. Typically, edibles are made from rice, it’s the most popular among Filipino snacks as it’s widely available in the market as well as in the malls. Some of the most popular kakanins are puto, kutchinta, bibingka, sapin-sapin, and cassava cake.
Kropek is a popular Filipino snack made of flour with fish or shrimp flavor. It’s better known as a beer partner or pulutan. Make vinegar as dip and you can fully enjoy its crackling goodness.
Balut may be known to the world as one of the strangest foods, but in the Philippines, it’s a delicacy, a street food and among favorite Filipino snacks as well.
Balut is actually an underdeveloped duck embryo and is rich in protein, iron, and calcium. Despite its peculiar appearance, it actually tastes good. To enjoy balut, sprinkle it with salt, eat it at night or somewhere dark so you won’t see the forming duck fetus. Or if it’s daytime, simply close your eyes and imagine you’re just eating chicken, it tastes like one anyway.
Sorbetes is a local ice cream made from carabao milk. It is a popular snack in the Philippines, especially during hot summer days. It is served in small cones, sometimes sandwiched in between bread pieces.
Bukayo is the local version of coconut candy. It’s made by simmering muscovado sugar and coconut strips in coconut water until sticky enough to form into balls or circles. Warning: it’s extremely sweet and highly addictive.
Junk foods are also popular among kids in the Philippines.
Street foods are ready-to-eat foods, usually deep-fried, in the Philippines that can easily be bought in the street through vendors or hawkers. It’s best eaten while still hot.
Halo-halo is probably the most popular among Filipino snacks especially during summer. It’s a mixture of shaved ice; milk; various toppings such as leche flan and ube; colorful sago’t gulaman; sweet beans; fruits such as banana, jackfruit, coconut, and more; then topped with a scoop of ice cream. One of the best-tasting halo-halo in the country is the Razon’s halo-halo.
Empanada is actually a popular pastry in the Philippines filled with meat, carrots, raisins, potato and sweet peas. Fortunately, we have an easy-to-make chicken empanada recipe.