9/21/2009

Ruby Tuesday#17 Philippine Street Food At Barasoain Church

It was a muggy, hot day when we got to Barasoain Church last month to visit it. There were a lot of people milling around looking like they were waiting for something. We went inside the church, prayed and took pictures around the place; and then, we saw some stalls just adjacent to the church's doors.


Here are what the stalls had to offer. These are typical Philippine street foods that can be seen anywhere in the Philippines. Because the Philippines is a tropical country with days typically humid and in some days, it feels like the sun could actually fry your brains out, cold drinks for sale to help ease the sweltering heat and sweat are commonly seen in the streets.

The first on the left was a mixture (halo-halo of fruits, jelly, coconut jelly, milk and sugar with ice), the middle one had ice, tapioca balls (sago) and jelly (gulaman) flavored with vanilla and the last one which was the one I most preferred, had stringy young coconut meat (buko) and pandan flavored jelly with milk, sugar and ice.

These were fishballs and squidballs on a stick. They were deepfried and you got to choose the dips/sauces that you want to have. The choices vary: there were vinegar with onions and diced hot pepper(for the ones who like it spicy), vinegar sauce with just onions, catsup, and sweet and sour sauce. The thing to do is just to put in the entire fishballs or squidballs with the stick in those bottles of dips/sauces and voila! you have your cheap, delicious and filling snacks.

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17 comments:

Jim said...

This looks like some good eating. I haven't eaten much Philippino food.
Mrs. Jim's cousing married a lady from the Philippines but then they moved away to California. Perhaps if we visit there she might cook.
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Ralph said...

There is a hint of red in the stonework of the church. The food is different than we see in the USA, we seeing hot dogs or such. I like the shots you chose, no doubt the best way to learn about other cultures and countries is to sample the wide variety of foods. A nice tour!

Thom said...

How wonderful theses are. I love Filipino food. :) Happy RT

~Just me again~ said...

Interesting shots. I love the first on. I've never tried those drinks. But my parents are Indonesian, and they love those drinks with the stringy coconut in it.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I don't think I've ever eaten Philippine food. It really looks interesting.
Great pictures and cultural lesson.

Carletta said...

Love the architecture of the old church - beautiful stonework!
The drinks sound like liquid lunches. :)

luna miranda said...

i've never been to this historic church. hmmn, fish balls!:P

Felisol said...

Interesting city life with fast drinks and fish balls.
Lovely church.
From Felisol

EastCoastLife said...

I enjoy my bowl of halo-halo when I was in Manila. And lots of Filipino yummy eats as I was brought to many different eateries and restaurants. :)

marian said...

YUM all that marvelous food..i can smell it!!..thanks for visiting my blog :)

Stine said...

The food looks so colourful, which for some reason makes it look more appetizing than less colourful food. The church looks like a vry old one.

Rose said...

This is an interesting post...I want to look around your blog a bit more.

Thanks for visiting my other blog, Time Stand Still.

Leora said...

Lots of sweets, such bright colors... Looks like a lovely church.

ilanadavita said...

I have never been to the Philippines. Thanks for sharing.

the donG said...

i cant even remember when was the last time i went there. hehehe... i have to visit it again. great feature of a typical scene outside the church.

Robin said...

That middle drink sounds like the one for me, and very refreshing on a hot day, too.

sunny said...

ang sarap.....yesterday i ate fishballs, sarap! hehehee!