It’s been a week since I arrived here in Quezon City, Metro Manila. This is not my first visit here though. I’ve been here 6 years ago in time for my school holiday. But this time is something different as I will be staying longer and (I think) my perspectives have changed a lot.
And boy, just when you just get really lucky! A few minutes walk from where I’m staying is a big treat. There is this night market along Commonwealth Avenue up to the junction of Litex Road. The street side starts to transform into a crowded fair around 4:00 in the afternoon. And when night takes it’s place, almost all of Litex Road is littered with carts and stalls of merchants.
I don’t intend to buy a lot of stuff like a shopaholic. What excites me the most is the bliss in finding something to eat. Whenever I visit a new place, I always make sure to take delight on what will make my tummy happy. This is exactly what I did during the past days of my stay here. Every discovery is a treasure. Most of the time, I intend to find something different and unusual. And here are some of the tummy treasures I found. Few of the streetfood that you can try if ever you lose your way here in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
1. Cow Liver and Skin Barbecue
It may look the usual pork barbecue that is sold on the streets but it’s something totally different. The beef liver and skin had been marinated and fried first before it is charcoal-grilled. It’s flavorsome. The liver is soft while the skin has that crunchy, gelatinous feel. Dip it on the hot sauce for a badass kick.
Price: PhP 2.00 per stick for liver; PhP 3.00 per stick for skin
2. Puto Bumbong
I’ve known this Pinoy delicacy ever since I was a kid but this is the first time I have tasted it. Sigh! I thought I would be able to eat it only during Christmas season. But some stalls have it here like it’s Christmas everyday. This purple sweet offering made of steamed sticky rice is eaten best with fresh shredded coconut and paired with hot chocolate. Hmmm….I can taste Christmas!
Price: PhP 30.00 per pack of 3 pieces
3. Fried Isaw
Now this is also a first time for me- fried Isaw (chicken intestine) and not barbecued. A hot sauce or plain one will complement the crisp.
Price: PhP 3.00 per stick
I did not expect to find Calamares (fried squid rings) as a streetfood as it’s usually served in restos. It’s a great feeling to find some seafood treat to escalate the food variation.
Price:PhP 2.00 per ring
5. Deep Fried Spring Chicken
Another added surprise! I saw a same delicacy when I visited Malaysia. You may feel guilty eating spring chicken or chicks as they are too young to be devoured but they are totally enchanting on the palate. You’ll love it when served hot and spicy.
Price: PhP 10.00 each
6. Balut (Balot)
I wouldn’t wanna miss balut (boiled fertilized duck egg) of course. It’s a challenge for most Filipinos to eat it but it sure is as rewarding when you finish eating even just one egg. I remember how my friend calls this food- “abortion”! Good name.
Price: PhP 12.00 each