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Guide to Gastronomical Skewer and Tusok Tusok Street Foods in the Philippines

With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines has been known for its natural beauty of beaches, mountains, and other wonders of the world. Along with this, there are also lots of dishes that reflect the country’s history and culture. Filipinos are known to be passionate food eaters and because of this, food stalls and kiosks have emerged in the streets offering a variety of street foods that can be enjoyed by everyone.

 

Tusok in English is translated as poke. It can also mean skewers that either cooked in a deep frying pan or grilled over charcoal. Usually, these street foods can be self-served getting you a chance to choose your own food.

 

Fish Balls

Fish Balls

Fish Balls. Source: Flickr

 

It may sound odd to say but fish balls are not made up of fish and do not have a round shape. It is made up of some minced meat with some fillers that usually sell by the vendors in the streets.

 

Kikiam

Kikiam

Kikiam. Source: Wikimedia

 

Kikiam was a part of Chinese cuisine that is now a popular street food in the country. It is made up of fish meat and some fillers that have a finger-like shape and brown in color.

 

Kwek Kwek

Kwek Kwek

Kwek Kwek. Source: Wikimedia

 

Kwek Kwek is a bright colored food that is made up of quail eggs and coated with flour and food coloring. The usual color of this food is orange but there are few stalls that coated it with different colors. It is best to eat this street food with either sweet sauce, spicy sauce, or vinegar to capture the tastiness round food.

 

Isaw

Isaw

Isaw. Source: Flickr

 

This famous street food is made up of chicken intestines that are skewed in sticks. After it was grilled, locals dip it to a special and/or homemade vinegar sauce to enjoy the flavor of this street food.

 

Helmets and Adidas

 

Aside from Isaw, this street food can be taken aback by the tourists. These two street foods are made up of chicken but the only difference is the parts of the chicken it refers to. Helmets refer to the chicken heads while Adidas is the chicken’s feet. Tourists may thought bizarre and scary to eat these parts but Filipinos love to eat it due to their unique and flavorful taste.

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