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How Many Of These Filipino Snacks Can You Name?

Warning: cravings may or may not be induced.

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  1. 1. What do you call this?

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    Goto
    Isaw
    Bituka
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Skewered pig intestines are also called isaw!

    The intestines are turned inside out several times while cleaning before putting it on sticks and grilling. Isaw is best dipped in spicy vinegar.

  2. 2. Which of these two are fish balls?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The other balls are squid balls.

    Balls can be *really* confusing, I know.

  3. 3. These grilled chicken feet are named after which popular shoe brand?

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    Nike
    Converse
    Adidas
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    They're called Adidas!

    Because... you know, feet.

  4. 4. What are these things on a stick made of?

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    Pig and chicken blood.
    Chocolate!
    The blood of my enemies.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's dried pig and chicken blood, also known as "betamax."

    It resembles the shape and color of the popular videocassette magnetic tape, Betamax, hence the name. Ask your lolo about it.

  5. 5. What do you call these elongated thingamajigs?

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    Kiat-kiat
    Pukiam
    Kikiam
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    More like "kikYUM!"

    Kikiam is made of pork, shrimp, and vegetables like carrots and onions so it's pretty much the grubby version of lumpia. It is also commonly used as a topping for soup dishes like lomi.

  6. 6. Which part of a pig is in this photo?

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    Knuckles
    Ears
    Tail
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Those are the ears!

    They're also called "walkmans." As in the Jurrasic version of the iPod.

  7. 7. Which of these is called kwek-kwek?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the one on the left!

    The others are called tukneneng — boiled, then fried duck eggs. They're relatively bigger than kwek-kwek.

  8. 8. The white stuff in taho is made of what?

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    Milk
    Silken tofu
    Sweetened jelly
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    They're made of silken tofu!

    The tofu is mixed with caramelized brown sugar and sago pearls. Taho is best enjoyed as breakfast but see if you can resist not eating it any time of the day.

  9. 9. What do you call this sweet concoction of boiled corn, shaved coconut, sugar and/or salt?

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    Nilupak
    Binatog
    Pantog
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That's binatog.

    Mature, white corn is soaked and boiled until it's sticky then topped with heaps of coconut and sugar/salt.

  10. 10. An ideal balut should be how many days old?

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    17
    18
    19
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    *starts singing Frank Sinatra's "17"*

    At day 17, the chick in the balut doesn't have feathers yet and still has a relatively soft beak so it's, uhm, easier to eat, I guess?

  11. 11. And what do you call this distant relative of balut?

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    Balut sa puti
    Penoy
    Balot
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's penoy! You know, like "Pinoy" hehehe.

    Like balut, they're also fertilized duck eggs but ones that failed to develop an embryo upon incubation. They're pretty much the black sheep of the fertilized duck egg family. :'(

  12. 12. Which of these is "proven"?

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    To the (one on the) left, to the left!

    You know chicken gizzard, right? So there's another gland beside it called proventriculus which is the main ingredient for this street food. Get it? Proven = Proventriculus? Oh, and it's also *proven* to taste very good. Lololol.

  13. 13. What do you call these pink little cups of heaven?

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    Sorbetes
    Iskrambol
    Shaved ice
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Get it? Like "scramble"?

    It's a slushy made out of frozen condensed milk and is probably Dolores Umbridge's favorite snack.

  14. 14. This kind of Filipino ice cream is locally known as...

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    ...ice drop.
    ...dirty ice cream.
    No such thing! Ice cream is ice cream.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    *starts singing Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty"*

    But it's really not dirty! It's only called as such because it is sold by vendors on the streets and it doesn't look like the regular ~expensive~ ice cream.

  15. 15. What are these colorful things made of?

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    Milk, sugar, and preferred flavoring (usually in-season fruits)
    Milk and food coloring.
    Unicorn poop, obvs.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    They are made from #LEGIT fruits and flavors!

    The mixture of milk, sugar, and juice/chunks of fruits are funnelled into a narrow plastic bag before freezing. These iced candies are most popular during the summer.

How Many Of These Filipino Snacks Can You Name?

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