If you haven’t been to Philippines yet, this is just one of the scenery in Philippine roads and places. Street food, it is ready-to-eat food or drink sold in a street or other public place, such as a market or fair, by a vendor, often from a portable stall. While some street foods are regional, many are not, having spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are also classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals. According to a 2007 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day.
Today, people may purchase street food for a number of reasons including “ethnic taste, nostalgia, and the opportunity to eat quickly obtained, reasonably priced and flavorful food in a sociable setting.” Historically, in places such as ancient Rome, street food was purchased because urban poor did not have kitchens in their homes. In the Philippines you can see these street foods commonly outside university campus.Street food is a way of life for many people in this part of the globe. It is a source of income for many Filipino families—some vendors testified that their street food businesses enable them to send their children to school. For students and working adults looking for inexpensive meal, street food satisfy them for just half-the price of a meal in any popular fast-food restaurant.
So, when you are in the Philippines, why not test your palate with the Filipino street foods. Not only would it be fun to try the unique local dishes, but it is a great way to immerse and understand the Filipino culture. Instead of dining in a restaurant for an authentic Filipino dish, why not go out in the street and have a quick bite. There is nothing more authentic than those food in the streets—untouched with the modern culinary flair. You will not only get to enjoy the food, but you get to join the locals who are eating with it. Let you save couple of dollars too. In fact, with just $2 AUD you’ll get home stuffed. Sanitation can be a bit off though. However, if you are up to the challenge, then prepare your taste buds for a wonderful street food adventure.
Don’t forget to try “balut”, it is a hard-boiled three-week old duck egg, high in protein, and believed to be aphrodisiac. It is very notorious because of how it look, with its nearly-formed embryo. The proper way of eating balut is to suck the amniotic fluid first before peel it off to eat the chick and the yolk. I do tried these but being a first timer,i just tried its soup.Its not bad though,its just in your mind the way it looks like. Maybe its just a metter of getting used to it.
There is no glamour eating street foods, but why seek for glamour when you want fun and adventure.
Your palate may not be the same again once you have tasted the Filipino street foods. So do you want to give a try?!