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Isaw is the chicken's small intestine, also skewered on a bamboo stick, resembling an accordion or a Victorian radiator. It is usually marinated in ketchup, soy sauce and cooking oil. The Isaw is also sometimes called “IUD” or “PLDT” because of its long and telephone cord-like shape. PLDT stands for Philippine Long Distance Telephone, which is the main provider of telecommunications in the country. The Isaw sells for 6.00 to 10.00 Philippine pesos or $0.14 to $0.23.
Betamax is dried chicken's blood cut into small rectangular shapes, similar to a Betamax tape. This is also placed on a small bamboo stick and grilled until it hardens. It is best eaten when dipped into the vinegar sauce. You can buy the Betamax for 4.00 to 5.00 Philippine pesos or $0.09 to $0.11.
Adidas, named after the famous sports shoe company, is chicken feet, soaked in a mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and garlic. It is also skewered and grilled. The claws are removed from the feet to make “Adidas” safer to eat. This sells for about 6.00 to 10.00 Philippine pesos or $0.14 to $0.23.
Tokong is chicken's gizzard covered in flour, and then deep fried. It goes best with the vinegar sauce and sells for 5.00 to 10.00 Philippine pesos or $0.11 to $0.23.
Atay ng Manok is Chicken Liver. This tastes best when grilled and dipped into the sweetened vinegar sauce. The chicken liver sells for 6.00 to 10.00 Philippine pesos or $0.14 to $0.23.
Balat ng Manok is one of the top favorites among the Philippine street foods. After all, who does not love chicken skin? It is chicken skin deep fried until golden brown. It is good when eaten as is or dipped into the sweet vinegar sauce. Its price is 5.00 to 10.00 Philippine pesos or $0.11 to $0.23.
Chicken barbecue is usually made of the chicken's breast and leg part. The marinade is a mixture of ketchup, soy sayce and cooking oil. This is even better when served with rice. This sells for 20.00 to 25.00 Philippine pesos or $0.45 to $0.57.
There are many other kinds of street foods you can find in the Philippines. There are grilled and deep-fried street food made of pork meat, pig's ears and innards. There are duck eggs called Balot and Penoy. There are quail eggs or Tukneneng, fishballs, squidballs, and kikiam. There are also sweets and desserts like taho, banana cue, camote cue, iskrambol, binatog, and sorbetes or dirty ice cream. Whichever street food you choose to try, do not forget that your health should be your main concern. Be sure that you are buying a street food that is clean and safe to eat. Be adventurous but at the same time be safe!