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Vendor in Little India

Old man selling puja items in Little India.

Guinamos Micro-retailer

The biggest block of shrimp paste on his table cost 150 pesos so this vendor is micro-retailing it

Friday Snapshot: Banana Fritter Vendor

Railway Pica-Pica Carrier

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Finger snacks in cellophane packs are tied to a thick wire that is formed like a bag handle for easy carrying on a packed and moving train. Now from a passenger’s perspective, it is easy to see different sort of pica-pica available for sale.

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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Indigenous Breakfast

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Ready to eat indigenous breakfast fare in various colors are plentiful inside Siti Khadijah Market. It’s wonderful to see places like this where there is obviously good demand by locals for local fare.

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Folks having superiority complex over their local food and their culture in totality have not lost their identity in this era of globalization.

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Bus Window Peddlers

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At the rest stops for bus journeys in Cebu province, peddlers will hawk refreshments, mostly local delicacies and travel food staples such as boiled eggs, boiled peanuts, or boiled corn in the bus open windows — that is if you’re on a window seat in a non-aircon bus. The advantages of riding non-aircon bus apart from paying less are the natural breeze, bukid scents, unobstructed view for sightseeing or capturing photos, and convenient window buying of snacks.

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Vendors resting while waiting for the next bus

 

Peanut Purveyor

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Carbon Market, Cebu City

Hot Weather Solution

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Obviously there is market for assortment of cold drinks in Malaysia’s hot weather but it’s interesting to note that the beverages are quite exotic, not like the usual soft drinks or flavored fruit drinks one can just easily buy and sell. Except for the coconut-based and sugar-based ones which have Philippine counterparts when it comes to roadside drinks, they have syrup-based drinks. The pink one known as bandung is quite popular. It tastes creamy floral syrupy sweet and refreshing though I’d prefer the a la gula Melaka drink, an improved taste of the Philippine palamig – must be the type of sugar used.

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Then of course they have cendol drinks.  I’ve had cendol in various preparations from drinks to alphabetic desserts in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, must be a Southeast Asian thing except that it’s unknown in the Philippines – which is unfortunate. My Malay blood responds very well to it. In short, I love cendol.

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Rice Breakfast over Continental Anytime

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It was an early morning weekday rush hour where street food vendors abound. And where locals hurriedly buy either packed breakfast or packed lunch to bring to work.

From the lady with huge pot in front her; I got packed rice meal that was a cross in taste between chicken biryani and Ilonggo’s valenciana. I wished I had more breakfast mornings in Bangkok – it was that good.

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Early morning street food

Back at the hostel where travelers of different nationalities were having breakfast too in the “mess hall”, I was very delighted of my rice meal packed in brown paper than the Continental breakfast set some just ordered in there for 65 baht, which looked good by the way. But Continental breakfast is so dull and the last thing I would have. However, the-last-thing-I-would-have-for-breakfast is eternally present in almost every breakfast menus.

Dual Priced Coconut Ice Cream

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This vendor was selling coconut ice cream served in half coconut shell with its coconut meat, then poured with condensed milk for a 30 baht refreshment. Moments later, one may find out that it was just 20 baht for locals but still consistently priced as 30 baht for foreigners. This realization came as I hung out just across the ice cream guy while quietly eating my delicious foreigner-priced ice cream.

Plying Subic Bay for Seashell Shoppers

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As much as I want to buy from them for their livelihood sake and for those pretty conches, I can’t bring myself to do that. It may encourage this kind of damaging trade.

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Traffic Jam Microenterprise

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Peddling candies, cigarettes and chicharon/fish crackers in South Super Highway underneath the Skyway

Quite common in Manila to see ambulant vendors, taking advantage of constant stops from traffic jam, or red light waiting time, to peddle all kinds of stuff, from food to rags, in the middle of the road.

Charcoal Grilled Mais

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Lady vendor grilling corn over charcoal in downtown Iloilo. Her Weber is an old enamel basin

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No frills but good eats for just a few pesos

Arinola Cashbox

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Red arinola hanging in this fruit stall at downtown Iloilo

For the palengke or roadside vendors it seems that the portable potty (arinola) is the most efficient receptacle for cash. I’ve seen this type of cashbox-arinola phenomenon all over the country.

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Arinola is the green one behind the bottles. Seen at a talipapa in Metro Manila

Live Ornamentation

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Looks like the aquarium fish vendor found a way to make his seating theft proof

Goldfish and other aquarium fish for sale on a sidewalk in downtown Iloilo.

Street Fashion

A cart that sells secondhand maong shorts in Manila streets.
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Muslim Women Vendors

Muslim women sellers in Tamu Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan.

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Lady selling palm fronds for packaging food such as ketupat

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Lady selling vegetables such as cassava leaves which is the primary ingredient of pucuk ubi, their version of ginataang gulay and it was very savory

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Lady selling an assortment of edibles such as kuih cincin and non-edibles such as barut, a cloth bandage to treat abdominal ailments by wrapping around the abdominal area smeared with herbal medicine

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Lady selling dried fish fry and dried shrimp fry

Live Chicken Peddler

Ambulant vendor of live chickens in wheeled multi-layer wire cage.

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Sate Ladies

Looks like it’s a woman’s job to peddle sate on a chosen spot sitting almost at floor level beside their tiny grill.
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Portable tiny grill that’s fit for the tiny skewered meat.
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Banana leaf as sate plate.
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More sate ladies in the street.
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