6 Unusual Street Foods in the Philippines

6 Unusual Street Foods in the Philippines


The street food scene in the Philippines not only showcases delicious and filling dishes, sweets, and snacks. They can also throw in a few surprises, especially for the uninitiated. From the weird and famous balut to exotic soup, here are some of the unusual Filipino street foods to try.

1. Adidas
If you are wondering why this is named after a well-known brand for athletic shoes, you will likely figure out the answer as soon as you clapped eyes on this particular food. Adidas refers to marinated chicken feet on skewers cooked over charcoal grill and served with sauce or eaten as is.

2. Balut
The country’s iconic street food remains to be a favorite for many Filipinos. Balut is hard-boiled fertilized duck egg. This is a delicacy not for the squeamish. Expect to find a well-formed duck embryo inside. Tasty and said to be nutritious, balut is one of those foods that taste better than it looks.

3. Betamax
Betamax refers to grilled rectangular shaped coagulated pig or chicken blood. It is then dipped into a special sauce or vinegar.

4. Kwek Kwek
Kwek kwek refers to hard-boiled quail eggs dipped in orange batter then cooked deep-fried. The softness of the quail eggs combined with the crispiness of the outer layer make for a delicious texture and flavor. This delicacy is often eaten dipped or soaked with a vinegar sauce mixed with spices. Another variation would be the tokneneng prepared using duck eggs.

5. Isaw
Isaw is made by thoroughly cleaning pig or chicken intestines inside and out. Some even boil the cleaned intestines before they are put in skewers ready for grilling. Glazed with a special sauce, isaw is often eaten after dipping in a flavorful barbecue sauce or vinegar-based dip.

6. Soup No.5
Soup No.5 is said to be an aphrodisiac. It is a soup dish made from bull’s penis or testicles.