There’s nothing more fun than having a food trip with friends! Just recently we went to a food park called A-venue in Makati Ave where they sell street foods. I can say, its not only delicious, its also cheap and very affordable! You can already fill your tummy with just 300 pesos in hand, and its not only just one menu but tons!

It is a mix of Korean and Filipino Street foods and we tried a lot, quite a lot, a lot than we had expected. At first, we were having a hard time deciding what to eat because there were a lot to choose from. Especially for Filipino street foods, there were also food present that I didn’t even know existed. Yes, I’m a Filipino but don’t expect me to know much about it and I’m not really a fan of street foods so this is all new to me thanks to my friends.

For Filipino food choices we had pancit, isaw ng baboy, isaw ng manok, dugo, fried crabs, and fried shrimp. I noticed that most of the street foods in the Philippines are either fried or grilled. The weirdest food we tasted is the pig intestines or the isaw ng baboy because it has a certain smell that influences its taste. Its tolerable but I can’t say its good. Maybe to others but not for my taste. Chicken intestines or isaw ng manok is good, especially when you don’t imagine where it really came from. Fried crabs, kinda hurts the throat maybe because it still has its shells and clippers but i can say, it tastes like chicken. Next is my favorite, fried shrimp! I eat anything that has shrimp in it, i don’t know how to explain it but it simply tastes like fried shrimp.

For Korean street foods, we had tteokbokki, oden, japchae and bibimbap. I noticed that most street foods from Korea are made out of fish. Just like oden and tteokbokki they’re both made of fish cakes(?) I’m not exactly sure but it does taste like fish. The difference of these two is that oden is in a stick and does not have a sauce unlike tteokbokki, the sauce is a little chilly– okay, not just a little but chilly chilly. It also has rice cake which is very popular in South Korea. Japchae is a korean noodle, it tastes similar with original Filipino pancit but this has more seasoning on it and the noodles are thicker and harder to get using forks, maybe that’s why they use chopsticks. Lastly, is bibimbap, it looks and tastes like sushi, i don’t know if it is sushi but there is rice and vegetables wrapped in something black, i don’t know if it’s seaweed paper (if there is such a thing). And you have to eat it whole or else the things inside it will fall of and you’re left with only rice. I know, because I made the same mistake. But it is a 9 out of 10 for me, the missing 1 point is because it’s hard to fit in my mouth and takes like a minute to chew.

So overall, this new experience is very interesting because it’s my first time tasting everything we ate. But to sum it up, Filipino street foods are mostly fried or grilled and mainly made out of meat and poultry– Filipinos doesn’t waste anything and uses both internals and externals. While Korean Street Foods are mostly made out of fish and is chilly, maybe because of their culture and the presence of their all time favorite kimchi.

I hope you enjoyed reading. You can also visit the place and taste all these things for yourself for confirmation or just out of your curiosity. Thank you ~

Ericka Rabina

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