Popular Street Food in the Philippines

Which street food will you try first

Everywhere in Metro Manila you will find kiosks or small establishment selling street food. Here is my list of popular Filipino street food.


Fish ball: Fish ball is very popular. It is usually offered in a push cart with a built in kerosene stove to fry fish ball. It is usually soaked in vinegar with soy sauce, chili, onion and sugar. Another kind of sauce for fish ball is a thick sweet and sour sauce; it could be spicy or just plain.

Balot:  Balot is another popular street Filipino food. Balot is a fertilized duck embryo that is boiled and eaten in shell.


Penoy : It is a unfertilized duck egg, it is cook and eaten the same way with balot. It is usually sell along with balot and eaten along with vinegar or salt.

Tokneneng / KwekKwek: Tokneneng or Kwek Kwek is a hard boiled duck or quail egg, the egg is deshell and being covered with a batter with an orange food colouring then fry. It is usually eaten with a mixture of vinegar, cucumber, onion, ground peppercorn and salt as a sauce. Tokneneng is not only a common street food in the Philippines as it becomes a favourite Filipino recipe for merienda.

One day Old Chick: It is rejected newly hatched chick in a poultry farm. It is usually fried and diped in a vinegar-infused sauce.


Adidas: It is a barbequed chicken feet soaked from vinegar. In Philippines we usually call chicken feet as adidas.

Inihaw na Bituka and chicken head: You could also find a lot of vendors selling chicken and pig intestine as barbeque, it is usually precooked adobo style but without water before grilling.

Kikiam and Squid ball/ Chicken ball: Kikkiam, chicken ball and squid ball is also cooked and sold along with fish ball. We usually eat kikiam, chicken, squid ball with hot and spicy sweet sauce.

Sago’t Gulaman: It is a popular Filipino drink. It is made with gelatin, arnibal or sugar syrup.


Because of the negative impression of street food for being unhealthy, and the food preparation as always shown in some Filipino television program, people have a negative impression of Filipino food. I am glad that presently these popular street foods are being offered not only on street corners, but in big reputable malls and supermarkets in the Philippines. It only shows that Filipinos are not capable of turning their back completely with our Filipino street as it always been a part of our culture.

Source by Daisy Garcia