10 Filipino Street Foods That You Need to Try


#2 Isaw

“Isaw” translated means “intestines,” and yes, it is exactly that. This Filipino street food favorite features pork or chicken intestines, traditionally cooked on a grill. I say ‘traditionally’ because now, some serve it breaded and fried.

FilipinoStreetFood isaw Chicken intestines
Chicken intestines, locally known as isaw, is the perfect pair to cold beer. (Photo: punctuated)

Now, why on earth would someone eat intestines? Don’t let that thought turn you off. Of course, everything is cleaned before serving.

Chicken intestines are like long tiny sausages coiled onto skewers before grilling, while pork intestines are the slightly larger version. Either way, isaw is best served with spicy vinegar, on the side of beer, and awesome conversations with beer. Street food grills in the Philippines usually start grilling around 4 in the afternoon, perfect to start you up for dinner.

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