Isaw: a Filipino Street Food

Isaw: a Filipino Street Food

Submitted By:
AREVALO, Kimberly S.

One of the many things the Filipinos are known for is their exceptional qualities that make up almost anything into something new and untarnished. And, well, food is not an exception. While many nations still prefer dining in or dining out and eating pizzas in a rough way, Filipinos bring their hunger to the streets for their favorite Pinoy street food.
Everywhere one looks, there is a file formed to buy some of the most exotic delicacies that vendors could offer there is the grilled chicken intestines or isaw, fried squid balls, fishballs or kikiam a type of processed chicken, which are served on a stick. There are also the offal (or better known as betamax, after its rectangular shape, and chicken feet (adidas).
How safe is streetfood? There are those who believe that food cooked at high temperatures is clean; therefore, safe. And most streetfood that we see – and eat – are either fished out of boiling oil or grilled over smoldering charcoal.

What is Isaw?

Isaw is a street food, made from barbequed pig or chicken intestines. The intestines are cleaned, turned inside out, and cleaned again, repeating the process several times. They are then either boiled, then grilled, or immediately grilled on sticks. (, March 2008)


Wanted Perfect Street Food: ISAW

Besides its high education, the University of the Philippines Diliman campus is a popular destination for college students in the area for the wide variety of mouth-watering street food and affordable restaurants in the shopping center and various buildings. One of the most sought-after goodies in the campus is their isaw (intestines), which you can find near the Kalayaan Residence Hall. At around three or four in the afternoon, you can find the vendors from the UP Coop setting up their barbeque grill and bringing out their sticks of pre-cooked isaw na baboy (pork intestines), isaw na manok...

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