Must-Try Traditional Pinoy Food to Challenge Your Palate
If you’re a foreigner traveling to the Philippines to know more about the Filipino culture, your stay in the Philippines won’t be complete without having a taste of the country’s must-try street foods.
We have discussed some of them in the first part of this series, but of course, when it comes to food, we need a longer list of choices. So here we come again with another set of must-try street foods you can only find in the Pearl of the Orient Seas.
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Must-Try Street Foods in the Philippines
Ever had a spring roll for dessert? Turon is a sweet banana spring roll, fried crisp, and glazed with caramel.
Price: ₱10–₱20 ($0.2)
Pan de Sal
The staple bread in the Philippines, pan de sal is a bread roll commonly eaten with butter and sugar, but if you’re feeling adventurous, dip it in you coffee or morning cocoa.
Price: ₱2 ($0.05)
Early in the morning, you might hear vendors yelling “taho!” on the streets, and you would wonder why people flock to them. Taho is a snack food—that tastes great early in the morning—made of soft tofu, sago pearl, and sweet syrup. The best ones are in Baguio, they have fresh blueberry- and strawberry-flavored ones.
Price: ₱10 ($0.10)
This is one sweet treat. Biko is cooked by mixing rice, coconut milk, and water, then cooking it until the rice is tender. Sugar is then added when the mixture begins to thicken and stirring it till the sweet ingredient dissolves completely in the rice mixture. This special rice cake is then topped with fried coconut milk curd or locally called latik.
Price: ₱10 ($0.2)
A list of must-try street foods is never complete without mentioning banana cue, a snack food made with bananas deep-friend and coated in caramelized brown sugar. Usually sold on stick, this street food is both cheap and healthy.
Price: ₱10 ($0.2)
The Pinoy version of shrimp fritters is paired with rice and tastes really great with vinegar and chili dip. If you’re wondering what’s in it, it has tiny shrimps with heads and shells still on for a crunchy texture, dipped in a mix of flour, cornstarch, egg batter, and deep-fried to a golden brown.
Price: ₱10 ($0.25)
This common breakfast food is rice cooked with cocoa powder and made into a form of porridge. The cocoa has a bit of a bitter taste, though, so add milk and sugar for a sweeter flavor. It’s a favorite for rainy days.
Price: ₱20–₱30 ($0.25)
These food are cheap and delicious, so yeah, you can extend your dollar to a lot in this country!