Filipinos love to eat. Almost in every corner and space of the street, you see food vendors and stores. In particular, snacks or “merienda” is extra special for a Filipino family. It’s not just an ordinary food. Merienda is prepared with tender loving care, so you know that you are going to get satisfied. Take a look at the popular Pinoy merienda that you should totally try. If you’re a Filipino, then you have already tried all of these delicious, fulfilling merienda.
The Popular Pinoy Snacks/Merienda
1. Ginataang Bilo-Bilo
Of course, every Filipino knows Ginataan. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s one of the most popular snacks in the Philippines. It is great especially the rainy days as it offers warmth and comfort with every munch. Basically, this sweet snack is the combination of bananas, jackfruit, sweet potatoes, tapioca pearls and glutinous rice flour turned into bite-sized pieces (bilo-bilo). They are mixed together in a sauce made from coconut milk and sugar to taste. It’s satisfying.
2. Banana Cue
Banana cue is always a quick fix for an afternoon snack time. You don’t need to cook anything. Banana cue is available in almost any store around your area, or there are vendors who roam around your place selling banana cue.
Turon is another variation of banana cue. Pieces of bananas, as well as langka (jackfruit) are put inside a wrapper, then deep fried.
If you enjoy ginataang bilo-bilo during the rainy season, halo-halo is its counterpart in the summer season. Beat the scorching heat of the sun and treat yourself with halo-halo. It’s bursting with flavor and it soothes your senses. Halo-halo has several variation in different parts of the country. Essentially, portions of bananas,beans, monggo, sweet potatoes, tapioca pearls and other ingredients are put in a glass. The glass is then filled with crushed ice. Afterwards, evaporated milk is drizzled at the top of the crushed ice. To finish the presentation, a portion of leche flan or ice cream is added.
Pancit is likewise an all-time favorite snack of the Filipinos. Regardless of the pancit variants, you will surely enjoy and get fulfilled by eating this tasty treat. Variants include pancit guisado, canton, malabon and palabok. I’m sure that there are other pancit variants in other parts of the country that must be tasted.
6. Pandesal and condensed milk
Personally, I enjoyed eating pandesal filled with condensed milk when I was a kid. It’s delicious and you’d surely be satisfied. It’s a one-hit combo during afternoon snacks. Pair them with a glass of refreshing soda and you’re good to go!
7. Ice Drop
Ice drop is essentially an ice cream. It comes in different flavors like keso (cheese), fruit salad, chocolate and ube. But my favorite flavor is buko! You can’t beat that. Plus, they have a bit of the actual ingredients once you are about to finish licking your ice drop.
8. Fishball, kikiam and kwek-kwek
If you’re running late and you can’t prepare a formal merienda, then head out to the corner of your street and buy fishball, kikiam or kwek-kwek. I’m pretty sure that you have someone selling these street foods in your place. They can quench your hunger and you’re going to be fulfilled in no time!