Culture · Food

Filipino Street Foods

After our impromptu shopping at Converse Outlet, my brother, sister and niece proceeded to Marikina Market to buy the street foods that we’ll be having for dinner.

I told my brother I was getting hungry and made it clear that I don’t want Jollibee nor McDonald’s burger, to my niece’s dismay. I’d prefer ‘turo-turo’ food rather than hamburgers. Turo-turo literally means “point point” in Tagalog, where you point what dish you want.

It’s been awhile since I last ate at a turo-turo eatery. I had my favorites goto (rice porridge) and deep-fried tofu in spicy vinegar and soy sauce.  I was so hungry I asked for an extra bowl of goto.

Lunch was done and we’re ready to go shop for food. Then it started raining, ugh.  I had no choice but to stay with my niece outside a convenience store and let my brother and sister do the shopping. I wanted to go with them to take photos of the various street foods for sale. Oh well, next time.

Below are the photos of the street foods that my brother fixed for dinner.

Kwek Kwek
They call this kwek-kwek. Don’t worry, it’s not the same as balut. These are just deep-fried hard-boiled eggs coated with orange batter and served with (spicy) vinegar.
IMG_0175
Fishballs (just think about meatballs except that this one’s made of fish and flour) and kikiam (deep fried ground pork and vegetables in sausage-like form) served with sweet, sour and creamy dip my brother made.

Happy tummies!

“When people wore hats and gloves, nobody would dream of eating on the street. Then white gloves went out of style and, suddenly, eating just about anything in the street became OK.”

Jane Addison, quoted in the ‘Great Food Almanac’ by Irena Chalmers

 

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