Davao street foods

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Friday, January 24, 2014

OUR streets are replete with so many things one can think of, from the utensils we use at home, mobile phones and accessories, cosmetic products, and street foods, to name a few.

If there's one thing that is most saleable for the pedestrians, it would be the street foods. However, those foods are always seen as dirty by some who are oblivious about where the vendors get the ingredients (especially the chicken entrails) and how they cook them.

Those foods, however, always have methods, in their own simple way, to attract people, with or without a grumbling stomach. It's no less than the smell wafting out from the cart that appeals to our palate, and then draws us closer.


And so, we, despite being so cautious commend on the street foods to give us a quick relief from our hunger.

Who wouldn't? Carts and stalls are always visible day and night, and they are about anywhere readily available to give us "refreshments" located either right in front our office or a few walks away.

The convenience it gives is what makes food stalls a sure hit among the Pinoys that they are continuously growing in population on the need from street food lovers.

If your palate craves for siomai and kwek-kwek, it will be less of an effort to find a cart selling one. How about turon, pinaypay, and maruya? The easier we can spot them on our streets with no sweat. We've grown up to these fares sold in our neighborhood. It's usually paired with a softdrink that went with our afternoon snacks back in the days.

Of the many sidewalks that have stalls, where in downtown Davao can we best have our fill of the street foods that we crave for? Here are a few suggestions:

Palma Gil Street

In the afternoon, until evening, the sidewalk is dotted with so many carts that sell chicken parts, from isaw, "proven" (still part of the chicken entrail I don't know what), and buchi, all fried to a delicious crisp. Not to be missed is the star of every street food "kwek-kwek."

San Pedro Street

Being the center of trade (I presume) of the city, no wonder how big the crowd it draws each day, among them are the sidewalk vendors peddling almost every kind of item we need plus the people who have appointments with the City Hall and the City Council, also the Catholic faithfuls who do their prayers at the San Pedro Cathedral. Here, opportunity opens itself for the vendors to do business, including ambulant vendors of CDs and DVDs.

Aside from used apparels or the "ukay-ukay", there you can find the most number of street foods in one area, like how many? Sorry I didn't bother counting them at all.

JP Laurel Avenue (near Gaisano Mall)

Who says only malls do offer discounts? Even street food vendors, too, give great discounts, with their "buy 1 take 1" kwek-kwek sold at P15. Nowhere else but here can we find a great offering like this by a street food vendor.

Ramon Magsaysay Avenue

Who doesn't love durian and other fruits native to Davao? Nobody, well, except for few who can't stand the smell of durian. Here, you can get a taste of durian, candies derived from its meat, and other fruits. Also, you can stumble upon a number of vendors near its immediate environ.

Near University of Mindanao campuses (Bolton St. and MacArthur Highway, Matina)

It's them, the students, who are the primary market of the street foods, especially the deep-fried chicken entrails, hot dogs, barbecue, and even fish balls on a stick. It follows then that vendors be closer where most of the students are.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 24, 2014.


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