Living on Las Vegas has many benefits, but an abundant amount of street food is not one of them. Fortunately, the Philippines has no short supply of street snacks! I love Philippine Street Food. Almost every corner has a different vendor selling their own variations of a Filipino treat, and at a very affordable cost! It can seem intimidating and scary to a foreigner, but fear not! Have an open mind and you will have a happy tummy. Below are some of my favorites that I had a chance to devour in different cities during my vacation.
Manila – BBQ
My Philippine street food highlight is hands down, the ever popular bbq. They have a variety of different meats to choose from. Some as common as beef or pork, all the way to something a little more exotic like chicken heads and blood. As for me, I like to keep it simple (and a little safe) in this department and I opt for pork and pork fat.
One of my cousins treated us to a few barbeque sticks, about 7 sticks total. The cost was about 80 pesos, or $1.75.
Baguio – Taho & Quail Eggs
One of my fondest memories of growing up in the Philippines involves chasing down the man selling Taho. Usually found shouting “Taaahooooo…” they are unmistakable with their two large containers.
For those who don’t know, Taho is mainly tofu with tapioca pearls and sweetener. It doesn’t sound like much, but the combination is delightful. The cost is only 30 pesos for one. That is about .70 cents.
Quail eggs are exactly just that. A small pack of quail eggs and salt. It only costs about 50 pesos, which is the equivalent of $1.10. Pair that with your taho and you can have a quick and delicious snack for under $2!! What’s better than Philippine Street Food? Cheap Philippine Street Food.
Vintar – Kamote Sticks & Empanadas
Kamote is a root crop that resembles a sweet potato. It can be Thanksgiving all year long in Vintar. Served fried with brown sugar, it taste similar to candied yams. It’s also a very filling option. Only 30 pesos or .70 cents per stick.
However, my favorite street food in Vintar is the Filipino empanada. Usually stuffed with shredded unripe papaya and lettuce, longganisa sausage and an egg. Made fresh before your eyes and best served with some vinegar and hot sauce. It is literally happiness in your hand for the low cost of 60 empanadas. This is considered one of the more expensive street foods for only $1.35 apiece.
As if Philippine street food wasn’t glorious enough all on its own, most of the street vendors stay open until about midnight (which is considered relatively late in the Philippines.) They also begin pretty early too. If in the Philippines and looking to get by with limited spending, do not be afraid to try the street food! It will not only nourish your body and thrill your taste buds but it will give you a fun experience for a noticebly low cost!