[ China ][ Street Food ]

Yummy, chewy butchi balls

The more we tried to explain, the more confused she became. My friend finally asked for pen and paper and drew balls with sesame seeds all around then showed it to her. The waitress’ face lighted up and she said “Oh, sesame balls. Yes.” Sink your teeth into one of…

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[ Street Food ][ Vietnam ]

Saigon hot soup bowls

If there is one thing that is so widely popular and readily available at restaurants all over Vietnam to satisfy hungry stomachs, turn your attention to the Pho, or those hot bowls of noodle soup or Vietnamese soup. Pho is a very common word in the Vietnamese culinary language. You…

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[ Street Food ][ Thailand ]

Taste of Thai Roti

  Roti, a paper-thin wheat flour pan-fried bread prepared in roadside food stalls is a very common site everywhere in Thailand. I call it the Thailand pancake because Roti is so similar to a regular pancake or tortillas fried in margarine. Roti is served as a snack and topped with…

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[ Philippines ][ Street Food ]

Isaw barbeque, anyone?

Isaw is one of the most popular street foods in the Philippines. If you are not popular with the term, it is the intestines of a pig or chicken turned inside out, cleaned and cleaned again and again, boiled then grilled on sticks over hot live coals. It is very…

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[ Philippines ][ Street Food ]

Kwek-kwek on the quick

It's called· Kwek kwek or Orange eggs tempura-like street food. A Kwek-Kwek is boiled quail eggs coated with an orange batter and deep-fried until the batter is crispy. It's also called tokneneng, where chicken eggs are used. In the southern part of the Philippines it is called Kwek-Kwek although chicken eggs…

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[ Philippines ][ Street Food ]


Ginanggang na saging, guinanggang, or ginang-gang is one of my "most favoritiest" street food in the universe. It is a banana in a bamboo stick grilled over medium hot coals.  This is a snack of my childhood years whenever somebody in the neighborhood installs a portable grill and the smell…

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[ Philippines ][ Street Food ]

Turon: An unbeatable island favorite

THEY come in different lengths, diameters and different variations. They are being prepared by experts and amateurs, but whatever way they are prepared, they satisfy the sweet cravings of a big number of the population. Turon is sliced  bananas with strips of jackfruit, wrapped in spring roll wrapper, dipped in…

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[ Seafood ][ Street Food ]

Squid it at the Garapan street market

Saipan–If there is one food item that gets the biggest share of attention from tourists and even locals at the Garapan street market on Thursdays, it is at the barbecue stall where guests can order squid and have it grilled with all the ‘fire exhibits.’

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[ Philippines ][ Street Food ]

Pastil: budget meal on a banana leaf

PASTIL was one of the first food items that I looked for when I finally got back to Davao City last month, after over six years of being away. Pastil is one of the most popular delicacies in Maguindanao and Cotabato, particularly at the public market area and at small…

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