Tag Archives: street food

Coconut Pancakes in Banana Leaf Bowl

Vendor selling round coconut pancakes in banana leaf bowl

Stapler is the secret tool of banana leaf bowl construction

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Quail Egg Snack Bowl

¬†For a 20 baht snack, it’s a choice between boiled or sunny side up quail eggs on a banana leaf bowl.

Hot Eats on a Hot Bench

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Hot eats on a heated bench

Hot eats on a heated bench is one example of Korean winter solution. Snacking at the bustling market despite the negative temperature outside is what makes the winter season lively instead of dreary in Seoul.

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Heated bench

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It is nice to be served hot food by the ajummas

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Balot Tables

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Balot tables beside the Cotta Fort in Ozamiz City

Balot snacking (spelled as balut in Manila), is a sit-down and unhurried street food indulgence in Misamis Occidental. Several small tables with chairs are available. On top of the table are the vinegar and salt condiments; under the table is a bin for egg shells and other throwaways. Indeed it’s only in Oroquieta and Ozamiz where I’ve seen an outdoor table service for balot so far.

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Spiced vinegar and salt as condiments for eating balot

It is my observation that folks from Visayas and Mindanao love balot so much and treat it as an ordinary everyday fare. I’m from Visayas and I eat balot from my elementary days until now. I cannot imagine Manila kids doing the same level of indulgence on this delightful snack. Even though Manila population consists of migrant folks from VisMin, it seems that the passing down of balot snacking to the next generation is not easy. Availability isn’t the problem, rather it’s the lack of ‘balot-eating’ ambiance in mega cities. Too bad.

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Balot tables near the plaza in Oroquieta City

Taiwan Sausage

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The pale looking ones are actually sticky rice inside a sausage casing. The rice sausage is being grilled, then it would be sliced lengthwise partially so the pork sausage can be wedged on it.

The pork sausage in Taipei (and around) is a savory and tempting snack whether skewered or placed inside a sticky rice sausage (that serves as bun). Quite an extraordinary sustenance because it is deliciously fatty.

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Nearly each time I could smell it, I buy. For at least five times as I can remember that I ate grilled pork sausage, I could say that I had a gratifying street food snacking experience in Taiwan. So I thought of collecting few pictures about this subject.

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Why does pork sausage taste even better at night?

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Skewered pork sausage

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For a longer satisfaction

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Of various sizes

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Pork sausage inside the sticky rice sausage. A meal in itself

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Comes in bite sizes too

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