Different Street Food You Can Buy In The Supermarket

Did you know you can buy chicken skin in the supermarket?

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One of the things we certainly miss since the quarantine started is being able to enjoy the ritual of eating street food, especially for merienda. But just because we are at home for the time being and cannot go to our suking street food stalls, does not necessarily mean we can't indulge in our favorite street food. 

On your next grocery run, you should look out for these packs of frozen street food:

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Fish balls

Fish balls are probably the most common street food there is and that's why most supermarkets have a frozen pack of fish balls on hand. This is easy to cook since it only requires deep frying until the balls are a little puffy, but some people prefer deep frying this until it achieves a golden brown color (more commonly known as tustado). You can dip this in sweet fishball sauce, vinegar, or both.

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Squid balls

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This street food is made with pureed squid. If you plan on cooking squid balls at home, do take note that it is a little different from cooking fish ball since squid balls do not expand (become puffy) when deep-fried.

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Kikiam

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This tasty street food is made with ground pork and vegetables, wrapped in bean curd sheets. Similar to fishball, kikiam puffs up when cooked, sometimes doubling in its size. This is usually dipped in the same sauces used with fish balls and squid balls but can be eaten as is.

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Cheese sticks

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This street food marries two favorites in one: lumpia and cheese. You can't go wrong with this as it's crunchy wrapper reveals a tasty, gooey cheese inside. You can eat cheese sticks as is, but you can dip it in a ketchup-mayonnaise combination.

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Fries

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There are different packs of frozen French fries in most supermarkets, but at SM Supermarket, you can buy them by the kilo! Don't forget to season your fries after frying and serve it with tomato ketchup. You can add hot sauce if you're looking for heat.

Chicken Skin

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Everyone loves the sinfully delicious chicken skin that sharing it is next to impossible! It's the type of street food that can be merienda, but it can be ulam, as well. This can be dipped in different sauces depending on your preference.

Calamari

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Yes, you can also buy frozen calamari in the supermarket. These usually don't have breading, but you can easily fix that by dunking it in milk then coating it in seasoned flour, before tossing them in hot oil. This is good with tangy sauces like spiced vinegar or a sweet and sour sauce. 

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Siomai

You've probably tried eating siomai from one of the many siomai stalls scattered inside Metro Manila. If you're missing siomai with toyomansi and chili garlic, you can find frozen siomai packs in the supermarket!

What's street food without sawsawan? Check these guides and recipes to make your own dip:

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