10 Street Foods to Try (Immodium Alert!)
You’re not a true Pinoy until you’ve seen-and tried-isaw, kwek kwek,helmet, Betamax, fishballs, and the new treats the block.
Pantawid-gutom, delicacy, pasalubong, forbidden fruit, lunch-Pinoy street food is all these and more. It’s what your mother tried to hide from you when you passed it on the street, and it’s what probably ended up providing sustenance through hungry periods of empty wallets. Here are a few of your old-time favorites and some fresh-off-the street newbies from the entrails and innards of Quiapo, Taft Avenue and Diliman. 10. Street hotcakes (P5 per hotcake) Beckoning with their bright orange color, they looks harmless enough; just a little piece of waffle, you think. You’re dead wrong. Like the regular hotcake, its batter is made of flour, margarine, sugar-and orange food coloring. It’s cooked in front of you with an iron waffle maker, pressed on a plate of sugar and then smothered with even more margarine. The texture is different from the usual hotcake; it’s a little sticky, sort of like kakanin. It’s such a guilty pleasure that you’ll want more than one. Can you say heart attack? Photos by Dyan Zarzuela