Filipinos are known to enjoy the average three meals a day plus desserts or “merienda” as most Filipinos call it. One of the qualities that Filipinos possess is their ingenuity to make up almost anything into something new, creative yet cost-sufficient, including food. People of other countries may prefer dining and eating pizzas when hunger pangs strikes. Filipinos on the other hand race to the streets to satisfy their hunger for favorite Pinoy street food for a few pesos.
One unifying aspect of Filipino culture is that Filipinos love their food. Filipinos love to eat when they’re happy, sad, angry, bored and even on the rare occasions that they’re hungry. While the usual restaurants are available on every block to satisfy these cravings, there are also an infinite number of street stalls serving up an array of tasty and albeit, strange snacks as well. As there’s so much choice when it comes to street foods we’ll start with the protein section of the food pyramid.
You will see many street vendors selling mais(sweet corn), barbequed pork, chicken and banana, chicharon(pork skin or ears or chicken skin or entrails) squid balls, fish balls, kikiam, squid, eggs in bright range batter, sioamai, peanuts with or without shells, skin and chilli and the famous Balut (boiled duck embryo) and Penoy (Hard boiled duck egg). There are many sticky rice snacks many with coconut or casava some coloured with the screaming violet color of Ube.
In many places, you will see tosiliog, longsilog, bangsilog, daingsilog. These are fried egg (itlog) served with tocino (Filipino ham) or longanisa(garlic pork sausage) bangus (milk fish) or daing(dried fish). All are popular for breakfast or merienda
The food in the Philipines has changed over the last 500 years due to the influence of the trading partners and Country of Occupation.