15 Amazing Street Food in Manila You Just Cannot Miss

Any trip is incomplete without the Food, right? You cannot really have a perfect trip without exploring the local street food of that place. Manila, in the Philippines, is home to one of the best street foods in Asia. The authentic street style food made with exotic spices and herbs is gonna make you drool. The dishes here are mostly boiled, fried and seasoned with salt, peppers, soy sauce, garlic, etc.

Here are 15 of the Best Street Foods You Can Try in Manila

1. Isaw


Isaw is one of the most popular Street foods, not only in Manila but in the entire Philippines. It is a dish made with barbecued pig or chicken intestines. The intestines are first cleaned thoroughly and then boiled and grilled on Barbecue sticks. This dish is usually served with onion vinegar which makes it an amazing combo. 

Price: 5 Philippine Pesos per Skewer

2. Kwek Kwek


Kwek kwek sounds like something related to a chicken dish but actually isn't. Kwek Kwek are quail eggs covered with an orange layer or gram flour layer and are deep-fried in hot oil. They somewhat look like cheese nuggets. This dish is served with either vinegar or onions and chilli flakes.

Price: 12 Philippine Pesos for 3 pieces

3. Green Mango Shrimp


Didn’t your mouth just water by thinking of Green Mango? Mine did! The street vendors sell the green mangoes (typically from India) by peeling and poking it into a stick. It is seasoned with either salt or a slightly sweet and spicy shrimp paste. The sour mango with the mildly spicy paste is a must-try.

Price: 7 Philippine Pesos per piece.

4. Palabok


Palabok is one of the famous noodle dishes in the Philippines. Soft rice noodles served with chicken or pork shrimp and gravy is particularly very well known among the Filipionos. This dish is also served with boiled eggs and seasoned with onions and garlic.

Price: 30-70 Philippine Pesos per plate

5. Taho


Taho is a dish with Tofu (Douhua), which is dipped into a brown sugar syrup and served in a cup. This dish is available in almost every place in Manila. The tofu usually is very soft so you can either use a fork or directly take a sip. 

Price: 20 Philippine Pesos per cup

6. Turon


If you are looking for a vegetarian snack, then you have got it right here. Turon is a Banana slice with caramel, which is covered by a crepe layer called Lumpia. It is deep-fried until it turns crispy.  It is more like a sweet and salty banana roll. This roll is often mixed with jackfruit, mango and cheese fillings.

Price: 10 Philippine Pesos per piece

7. Banana Cue


Often mixed with the Turon, a Banana Cue is a little different. This is a sweet dish, which you may have like a dessert. Banana slices fried in brown caramelized sugar is a very common staple food in the Philippines. 

Price: 12 Philippine Pesos per slice.

8. Adobo


Adobo is arguably the most demanded Filipino meal. It is made with marinating chicken or pork. This dish is seasoned along with marinated soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. The dish also includes vegetables and beans.

Price: 40 - 60 Philippine Pesos per plate

9. Puto


Puto is a steamed cake made of rice flour. They are steamed like dumplings and are very soft. Puto is available not only in the traditional white rice colour but also other colours. It is often served with gravy and shrimp paste.

Price: 80 Philippine Pesos for 12 rice cakes

10. Tapsilog


Tapsilog is a meal often served for dinner. It consists of fried beef (Tapa) or mutton, fried garlic rice and egg fry. This dish is seasoned with salt and spices. If you like strong spicy food then it should be your pick.

Price: 50- 80 Philippine Pesos

11. Sisig


Sisig is made with the parts of pig’s head and chicken liver. It is a mixture of both. Usually seasoned with peppers, onions and spices. The dish tastes better when served with soy sauce.

Price: 50-100 Philippine Pesos

12. Sinigang


Sinigang is a broth/ soup dish which has a little sour taste because it consists of tamarind. This soup is made with various meats like, fish, chicken, shrimp, pork, etc. The dish is cooked with tomatoes, onions, carrots and other vegetables. 

Price: Approx 200-300 Philippine Pesos for 2 people.

13. Crispy Pata


Crispy Pata is a pork leg dish, which is first boiled then deep-fried until it turns brown and crispy. This dish is served with soy or vinegar dip. You will have to try it !

Price: 100- 150 Philippine Pesos per plate

14. Kare-Kare


Kare-Kare is a Filipino Gravy dish cooked with either pork or seafood. The gravy is made with thick sour peanut sauce and vegetables. It is usually served with rice or noodles. This dish is also famous during Filipino celebrations. 

Price: Approx 150 Philippine Pesos

15. Halo-Halo


At the end of every meal comes the Dessert. The Halo-Halo is a Multilayered cold dessert. It is made with crushed ice, milk, fruits and various dry fruits. It is the most popular dessert in the Philippines. After you are done with your snacks and meal do not forget to order the Halo-Halo dessert.

Price: Approx 60-150 Philippine Pesos

The Best Street Food Places In Manila

1. Quiapo Market, Palma Street

One of the busiest streets of Manila
What to eat: Isaw, Sinigang, turon, etc
Timings: Open 24 hours

2. Mang Larry’s Isawan

What to eat: Isaw, Kwek Kwek, etc
Timings: Daily, 9 AM - 9:20 PM

3. Concepcion Public Market

What to eat: Palabok, banana cue, etc

4. Chef Arch’s Lime Street Food Na Pinasosyal, Mandaluyong City

What to eat: Crispy Pata, Kare-Kare, etc
Timings: Daily, 12 AM - 2 PM and 6 PM - 12 PM

5. Three Sisters Restaurant Of Pasig

The most famous and affordable restaurant in Manila.
What to eat: Halo-Halo, Isaw, Tapsilog, etc
Timings: Daily, 11 AM - 10 PM

6. Mang Tootz Foodhouse, Noval street, Sampaloc

What to eat: Turon, Sisig, etc
Timings: Daily, 9 AM - 5 PM

7. Sisig Sa Rada, Makati City

What to eat: Sisig, Tapsilog, etc.

8. Mang Frederick's BBQ, Marikina City

What to eat: Isaw, Taho, Adobo, etc
Timings: Daily, 1 PM - 8 PM

Now that you know about the various Filipino delicacies and their locations, get yourself ready to experience the best Foodgasm ever. These various street food dishes in Manila truly define the palette of every Filipino and the locals are the happiest ever for you to go try them out. Bon Appétit!

This post was published by Laxmi Santosh Mishra

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