Friday, January 11, 2008



posted by Señor Enrique at 7:47 AM


Anonymous rhodora said...

Bilib ako sa mga sidewalk vendors. Kung saan may mga selebrasyon o okasyon - bigla silang naga-appear. Pero mabuti naman yun dahil kumikita na sila, nakakatulong pa sa mga taong nagugutom.

Natutuwa ako sa mga vendors na tumutulong sa pagpapanatili ng kalinisan sa mga kalsada. Napansin kong meron sa kanila ang may sariling lalagyan ng mga plastic o kung anumang basurang galing sa mga paninda nila. Sila mismo ang nagpapaalala sa kanilang mga kustomer na itapon sa lalagyan ang kanilang mga pinagkainan. Sana, kung lahat ng vendors ay ganito, mababawasan ang problema natin sa basura.

January 11, 2008 12:19 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

What is the name of the food in the first picture? And what is it? I never tried it.

January 11, 2008 1:49 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

The corn in the second picture is nicely BBQ.

I guess I go for the cassava cake.

January 11, 2008 1:52 PM  

Blogger luna miranda said...

This is the most exciting part of any fiesta in the Philippines---street foods! Reminds me of hot bibingka, puto-bumbong, palitaw and hot cocoa being sold near the church. Street food was the motivating factor why my cousins and I wanted to go to church during fiesta when we were kids! :D

January 11, 2008 2:02 PM  

Blogger minotte's notes said...

hi eric:

nakaka-miss ang manila!

wonderful photos (again and again!)!! they all capture a spirit beyond just plain sight. parang naamoy ko nga yung street food.

happy new year!

January 11, 2008 2:35 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I think it's time for you to make a quick visit back home, Minotte. Why should your son be the only one who gets to come home every year :)

Many thanks!

January 11, 2008 2:53 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

And what I miss the most when I was a kid after mass in Subic, Luna, was the tinudok-tudok. They're like rice balls wrapped with caramelized sugar skewered by a bbbq stick. I hardly see any in Metro Manila, but quite common in the provinces.

January 11, 2008 2:56 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You mean the one right there on the grill, Sidney? I once made a remark to a vendor, "Ala ka, sunog na young mais mo!" But as it turns out, they deliberately burn a cob so the scent of it would entice the people to buy them. Cassava is always delish :)

The one on the top pic is "bukayo" which I have been craving for months now. It's grated coconut sweetened with panocha or brown sugar. It makes a great pandesal filling :)

I know Rhoda once said there's plenty of them in Dagupan that you can buy bottled and all. But my sister promised to make some from scratch. It has been months since then and still no bukayo here at home ... hehehe.

January 11, 2008 3:01 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, Rhoda, I agree with you. Those sidewalk vendors should be commended for helping keep their premises clean and litter free. Unfortunately, here in Manila, the vendors sometimes do not care at all :( Dumi sa paligid nila.

January 11, 2008 3:02 PM  

Anonymous rhodora said...

The one you refer to as "tinudok-tudok", Eric, happens to be one of my favorite native delicacies too. But we call it "bicho-bicho" here in Dagupan. Plenty of them in the market - especially during early mornings. Yum.. i'm craving right now... hehehe.

As for bucayo - I can buy them even in our neighborhood sari sari store. My mom used to cook the most heavenly bukayo. She would add milk to it, thus making it creamy and just - heavenly.:)

January 11, 2008 3:18 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Wow! Now I'm beginning to learn more of Dagupan and some of its delectable foodstuff. I used to only know about those mini puto and kutchinta!

I was tempted to buy some bukayo during the feast in Quiapo, but decided to do it another day. I've been very good in controlling my sweet cravings.

January 11, 2008 6:26 PM  

Blogger luna miranda said...

In Negros, we also call it bicho-bicho...giniling na malagkit coated in caramelized sugar! Great with ice-cold Coke on hot, lazy afternoons!:D

Bukayo na macapuno is the best! Masarap na dessert at palaman sa hot pandesal. Hmmmmm...I'm gaining weight just thinking about bicho-bicho and bukayo! :D

January 11, 2008 6:31 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Ano ba 'yan, Luna! I'm salivating just by reading your comment ... hehehe. If ever I suddenly lose control and start bingeing on sweets, I can only blame myself for posting this entry :)

January 11, 2008 7:12 PM  

Anonymous kyels said...

What is the street food in the last photograph? Looks like ice lolly in an elongated plastic wrapper and it reminds me of what we used to have back in junior schools. Vendors would use thin and elongated plastics and pour syrups into them. Later on, they'd freeze it in the freezer. Is it something like that?

January 11, 2008 7:31 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Yes, you are correct, Kyels. They call it iced candy here :)

January 11, 2008 7:40 PM  

Blogger g_mirage said...

I guess Sidney asked but i didnt read an answer...what is that on the first pic? Lively street scenes, I havent done this in a while!Well done SenorE, Salut!

January 11, 2008 10:47 PM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

How nice to look at you food photos! Very natural unlike those sophisticated food photos on glossy magazines. Well, my favorite is the grilled corn. Although we have lots of American corn here in California during summer, those "Pinoy inihaw na mais" made me like to dig my teeth on them. The natural corn grill is very interesting. Filipinos are very resourceful. Maybe you should export it here.

January 12, 2008 2:18 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's bukayo, G. Mirage!

I've been craving for some for quite some time now, though I still didn't buy any when I ran into this vendor during the fiesta. I guess, at the final moment, my subconscious steered me away from it. I'm trying to avoid the sweets lately, you see :)

January 12, 2008 5:58 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

My Tia Inez used to bribe me with grilled corn when I was a young kid when she dragged me to see those double features in the surot-infested Cine Noli in Blumentritt, Ebb Tide ... hehehe.

That should prove how much I love grilled corn.

Many thanks!

January 12, 2008 6:01 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

Thank you for getting into the scene of things, Eric! Having a camera around these crowded places is no mean feat!

I had the great experience of being able to have traveled most parts of the Philippines. One of my favorite pastime in-between my so-called jobs in my provincial "sorties" is going around plazas and marketplaces and learning about their "street foods."

Among the others, there is this boiled duck egg in a batter and deep fried. They call it kwek-kwek.

January 12, 2008 9:36 AM  

Blogger luna miranda said...

On nutart's kwek-kwek experience-- there used to be a kwek-kwek vendor near my office in Makati. At coffee breaks, you would see yuppies devour orange-colored balls on the sidewalk. It's best eaten with lots of vinegar.

January 12, 2008 1:18 PM  

Blogger jon go said...

the street food i like most are squidballs! although these days i like to buy them in malls since it's a bit scary nowadays.. the media has turned me against street food! :) but i like the ice candy photo.. mmmm...

January 12, 2008 6:30 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Those had got to be the largest iced candy I've seen, Jon, and they were selling quite briskly on that day.

Yes, it's wise to be judicious whenever the appetite has been whetted by street foods. However, their scent and prices sometimes make them tough to resist.

January 13, 2008 7:20 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Don't they have the small version, too, Luna -- quail eggs? My nephew loved them until he got hit by hepatitis. But yes, many folks love kwek-kwek.

January 13, 2008 7:22 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

You should have documented those street foods you've come across during your travels, Bernadette :) Sidney had done a marvelous job with those usually found in the streets of Quiapo.

I thought kwek-kwek was just comprised of chicken egg. Had no idea it is duck's. Thanks!

January 13, 2008 7:26 AM  

Anonymous beth said...

Happy New Year Eric! I have not been visiting blogs for a while due to school works (lots of them) and other activities, though I still blog :) -- one of our topic now in Educ tech is blogging. I wrote possibilities of using blogs for school (actually many are using them already) but I did not share my blog with my classmates since it is more or the personal stuff than on school related topics.

Anyway, i was looking at your photos (as usual maganda pa rin lahat) and i smiled when i saw the burned corn. Naalala ko yung isang tindera ng mais, nayupi yung screen wire nya (tulad ng nasa picture), kaya hayun ibinagsak sa kalsada, inapak-apakan hanggang matuwid uli at isinalang uli sa uling :) Hayyy...okay lang daw nainitan naman yung wire at napatay yung germs! :))

Ingat ha!

January 13, 2008 1:46 PM  

Blogger nutart said...

The only thing with having cameras that need the usual film load was that it can be heavy on the pocket :-). My traveling days were pre-digital camera era. Unfortunately, my budget was only for documenting my work projects. The digital camera is talagang God's gift to avid photographers. I have given the joy of photography over to my husband who takes the digi-cam always with him.

January 13, 2008 2:49 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's true, Bernadette ... digital camera is such a blessing to photography enthusiasts. I don't think I would have returned photography with as much passion had it not been for the advent of digital cameras.

January 13, 2008 6:58 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Hi Beth!

Wow! And I'm sure you them beat since you ave a head start with blogging :)

Good luck with your studies!

What? That would still be dirty for me. Yuck! Thank God I'm not to crazy with street foods ... hehehe.

January 13, 2008 7:01 PM  

Blogger g_mirage said...

I like Bukayo SenorE..naku...di yan pwede pakita sakin, ubos agad yan! Pero like you I'm avoiding sweets na din..Im into the negative calorie foods this time. lol.

Hoping all is well! TC!

January 13, 2008 10:02 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Interesting info you got there on apples, G. Mirage. Thanks!

Before, I probably would have bought some of those bukayo immediately. But these days, whenever I'm craving for something sweet, I'd reach for an apple or any other fruit :)

I'm so thankful that I've also licked my craving for sweetened drinks! Besides tea or decaf coffee (no sugar) a cold glass of water has now become my preferred drink with my meals.

January 14, 2008 6:33 AM  

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