Weird but tasty foods of the Philippines

Posted: 08/06/2009 in The Philippines

For those of you people who live in different parts of the world and planning to visit our humble country you might want to try these exotic yet tasty food.


This is Isaw, a street food from the Philippines, made from barbecued pig or chicken intestines. The intestines are cleaned, turned inside out, and cleaned again, repeating the process several times. They are then either boiled, then grilled, or immediately grilled on sticks.


This is a  Balut a fertilized duck (or chicken) egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It is commonly sold as streetfood in the Philippines as well as in the cities of Kalihi and Waipahu, Hawaii.


Dinuguan (also called dinardaraan in Ilocano, or pork blood stew in English) is a Filipino savory stew of blood and meat simmered in a rich, spicy gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili and vinegar. The term dinuguan comes from the word dugo meaning “blood”.


Fish balls are a commonly cooked food in southern China and overseas Chinese communities. As the name suggests, the ball is made of fish meat that has been finely pulverized. Gourmet fish balls are pulverized by hand. Fish balls are a type of food product made from surimi.


Adobo is the Spanish word for seasoning or marinade. The noun form is used to describe the actual marinade or seasoning mix, and the term used for a meat which has been marinated or seasoned with an adobo is referred to having been adobada. The word is the first-person singular present indicative form of adobar, a Spanish verb meaning “to marinate.”

kwek-fd-300x225This is one of my favorites. Kwek kwek (or Tokneneng) isn’t spared from the belief that eggs should be avoided due to its link to cardiovascular diseases. Anti-aging research says consumption of an egg daily is part of a complete anti-aging diet. Research and long term studies have shown that eggs are a great dietary source of calories (75 calories), cholesterol (213 mg), protein (6.25 gm), and a variety of important nutrients for the body.

327784835_6dac9e60e5Bulalo can mean any of three things: 1) the marrow in the bone of the beef shank; 2) the cut of the beef, i.e., bone-in beef shank; or 3) the soup itself which consists of the bone-in beef shank and vegetables. The soup is a simple dish to prepare, really; but the flavorful broth and the texture of the meat makes it a treat.


Lumpia are pastries of the Philippines and Indonesia of Chinese origin and are similar to spring rolls.

They may not look tasty, but there’s more than meets eye. They taste good and very affordable.

  1. I came looking for foods to add to my super foods list, but I’m not sure I’m going to add any of these to that particular list. I think the list you have here is perfectly named and described. Cool stuff.

  2. Heh I’m really the only reply to your incredible writing!

  3. haein says:

    adobo is not weird… it’s delicious… so as lumpia, fishball and bulalo…..

    they are still a lot weirder food that those three…..

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