Notable Edibles #2 – Street Food (Bonifacio Street)
Street Food (Bonifacio Street)
Street food, it forms a huge part of the dining scene probably in every country and in every city in the world. In the City of Pines, these little snackables are mostly found near schools.
Walking along Mabini Street just recently, I noticed that the area where the stall of Aquino’s used to be had been fenced off. (Probably another “on this site will rise” a commercial building *sigh.)
(I hope Aquino’s wonderful store of tokeneng, mango halves that you “use” like a spoon for the shrimp paste and palamig/coolers just moved someplace nearby … if they did, UB people please give me a heads up about where I can find them . Thanks, guys! I really appreciate it. (“,))
It’s a good thing then that we discovered Manong (not a business/stall brand *hee) who sells street food on Bonifacio Street. (Otherwise, where else would we get these simple but staple treats? I don’t know what it is about stalls like these. Somehow, in their unbranded-ness, they’re more intriguing and exciting for me to eat at. =b It’s amusing also that he doesn’t set up beside/in front of a school per se.)
He usually sets his food pushcart in front of/near China Bank. I particularly enjoy it when he stands a little bit closer to the electronics service center beside the bank. They do have their playlist blasting from the huge speakers in front of their establishment from time to time and it feels so much more entertaining when you could almost feel the movement of the speakers and the beat of the nicest (80s, I do love songs from that era =D) music in the air.
I’m not really sure if it’s the trend in the street food scene now, but it’s the first time I experienced eating crispy chicken skin (have no idea what it’s referred to colloquially), kikiam and fish ball, etc. from a cup at Manong’s food cart. I must say, I prefer it this way … it’s easier to drink my tangy mix dip (obviously, it’s not a dip to me *heeharhar) after our chompers have gone through everything our stick/huge toothpick/half a barbecue stick could spear through.
As for real drinks, I think Manong has some bottled mainstream beverages as part of his offering, too. If I’m mistaken and he doesn’t sell palamig to go with these deep fried goodies, no worries because Cha Tien is just in the next building. =)
If you’ve got a hankering for street food on one of the fine days in Baguio City, why don’t you swing by “at Manong’s” on Bonifacio Street? Who knows, we might run into each other there and we could share a good time over simple good eats Baguio as if we were sitting in the poshest of places being served by a “personal” chef. Ahh, the simple joys of life. ^^,
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