See this video of Anthony Bourdain (he looks like George Clooney to me) having a taste of Filipino street foods. I think he liked the fish balls, cause he went for seconds there. Some might be grossed out to try it as it look so unsanitary, oh yes, actually it is, every home-grown Filipino knows that but as we often joked, it’s what makes it so delicious ;). It taste so different when you make it at home, it’s just not the same, even the stalls at the malls doesn’t measure up to it.
But you haven’t seen it all yet. We also have grilled street food like adidas (chicken feet; I have tasted this once, it was okay), isaw (chicken intestines) I couldn’t bring myself to eat it or the tokneneng (an orange-colored fried dough with a boiled chicken egg inside), but those who have eaten it said they’re not at all bad, but they couldn’t convince me to try it. Then there’s the infamous balut ( which have been featured in the fear factor). I like balut but only the yolk and the liquid part, it’s so good eaten warm with salt. See more filipino street food here with vivid pictures.
In the video Bourdain liked the taho too, that one is not surprising. Taho is soy or tofu, soft like gelatin with caramel sauce and baby tapioca balls, it’s what most children have for mid-morning snack even adults actually couldn’t wait for the taho vendor to pass by their neighbohood; I used to have this everyday when I was pregnant. Pancit Malabon or palabok was just okay for him; I think it’s because of the calamansi, he should have mixed the noodles well first before eating it.
It’s always amusing to watch others try our street food, it’s not surprising that most people are grossed out, it’s the other way around. Some of our street foods is what most people consider taboo ( I guess that’s why it wasn’t featured in the show) but it’s part of our culture, you’ll see it on the most crowded places in the country, it keeps most people from being hungry without spending too much.
Thank you, Anthony Bourdain for featuring Philippines in your show, NO Reservation. This video actually comes in five parts. You can watch it all here ( just ignore some of the comments there, some people can be so rude and ignorant at the same time).
Have a nice day!