You hear the sound of your stomach and you’re in the middle of nowhere. Your eye seek for something you could go in, to buy some food to eat but you remembered your money left was only 20 pesos. Then luckily a man with a push-cart arrives and you smelled the warm aroma of food from his cart. You’re saved!
Filipino love eating foods and these street foods are the best alternatives when we don’t have money to pay for fancy restaurants. But what use does these push cart do? Aside from saving us from starving.
Kwek-kwek and Friends
You are not a true Filipino Citizen if you haven’t tried this orange coated tasty snack, you found on push-cart in the streets. Street foods have been a popular food known to Filipinos; kwek-kwek, fishball, squidball and many more. Street food is a ready-to-eat food or drink sold in a street or other public place, such as a market or fair, by vendor, often from a portable stall. It is essentially influenced by other neighboring countries’ dishes like Chinese and Japanese, taken to the next level and given a Filipino twist.
So, what’s this twist does Filipinos do with their Street foods? Take the challenge to eat these foods as I show you some varieties of Pagkaing Kalye.
Once you step in Manila soil, if your a tourist your friends will definitely challenge you to eat “Balut” . It looks like your typical hard-boiled egg on the outside. But, what lurks within is no ordinary egg yolk, but a three-week-old fertilized duck embryo. Welcome to the Philippines!!!
Whats next? This orange-colored treat that tastes so good with hot sweet or sauce. Kwek-kwek or tokneneng is a boiled quail egg that’s dipped in orange batter and deep-fried in oil. It is crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. Sounds wonderful right? But why is it orange not red, pink or yellow? It is because the strong batter color comes from atsuete (annatto) powder, or in some cases, just food coloring. Some kwek-kwek version uses duck eggs or chicken eggs is called tokneneng.
“Eat my Feet! Human!” says the chicken. Don’t worry about copyright infringement. Adidas, is simply a barbequed chicken feet. It’s like eating the skin off your usual chicken wings, but with soft tendons instead of dark meat underneath. Let your teeth and tongue decide which parts are edible, and which parts to discard. They can be either fried or grilled.
No chicken parts are wasted in barbecuing — not even the head of the chicken, which in Filipino street food vernacular is called helmet. Unlike chicken feet, the chicken head has more fat deposits under the skin. You may break open the skull and suck out the brain and other entrails. Sound ekk! at first but it’s full of protein. These are just some of the example of Filipino street food, so why don’t you try them and be surprised when you are enjoying them.
Most street foods are also classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals. People may purchase street food for a number of reasons, such as to obtain reasonably priced and flavorful food in a sociable setting, to experience ethnic cuisines and also for nostalgia.
Many of us had enjoyed these foods and we can’t deny the nostalgic moments we had when we were younger. These are the foods we enjoy eating with friends and family. Eating outdoors and hearing the noise of the street gives it a unique atmosphere especially when night falls. It is the best Filipino way to bond with your friends, family and a lover. It is one of the best foods we can all enjoy on our leisure time. Since these foods are sold in streets they are held on push-carts.
Push-cart is selling all manner of products. You can almost find them everywhere, including in crowded outdoors areas and within even more crowded shopping centres. If you have live in Philippines for a long time you already have seen a wooden cart roaming around. Here in Philippines, we call it ‘Kariton’ it is a simple pushcart made of any scrap materials such as galvanized roofing or old wood.
Simple as it may be, the kariton has served as the source of many of our Filipino income. They use this pushcart as a way to sell an assortment of goods to anyone looking for quick, small, or refreshing snack.
Kariton is very convenient for that purpose because you can move it from one place. This wooden pushcart is a very simple object yet we can see that it has a big impact on our Filipino culture and the lives of many Filipinos. Like us, we are simple and humble yet we are capable of doing so much.
If you want to start a small business like this there are some tips for you to begin a good business.
- Selling the Right Products
Having the right products make or break your pushcart business. Targeting the right market. Its better when you know what are good products to sell and where to sell it. Find a place where most people goes by and a product they need or want. Think of a product that never goes out of style.
- Pricing – Not Too High, Not Too Low
Do you really think many people would buy a really expensive product? Well, think twice, think of it that you are the customer would you buy a expensive Gucci bag for a large amount of money where you can buy tons of bag from it. Its called being practical, brand is not important if you take care of the things you bought. Also put prices that are appropriate for the item. Price your goods such that it makes it easy for people to pay. They are likely to be in a hurry, and you don’t want to wrestle with loose change either.
- Location, Location, Location
Many pushcart vendors think that the best places are those with the heaviest traffic flow. Wrong. Heavy traffic means that people are usually in a hurry and are simply rushing (or worse, pushed along) to their destinations. You should choose spots where the terrain helps keep people near your pushcart for those critical few seconds so that your products catch their eye.
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