Street Food We Love at Quezon Memorial Circle
I enjoy being a Northern girl because honestly, the north is a food haven. We have great restos in Maginhawa and Kapitolyo, a number shopping malls with good places to dine in, and street food vendors that can be found practically everywhere – at every corner, in every street.
Classes were suspended last Monday due to bad weather conditions so me and my family went to visit QC Memorial Circle to pig out and go Pokemon hunting. I also wanted to test my new Huawei P9 mobile phone.
First up, taho. Taho is probably one of my favorite street food that I can chow down a cup (or two!) anytime of the day, everyday! It’s made of fresh soft tofu topped with cameralized brown sugar (arnibal) and small sago pearls.
I encourage my kids to drink taho every morning because it’s an excellent source of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
Because the weather that day was unpredictable, some of the food stalls were closed. Luckily, one was still open and they had Kwek-kwek. My kids always go egg-crazy eating this popular street food, but I always remind them not to eat more than 5 pieces to stay away from egg allergy.
According to an article I’ve read before, the name ‘kwek-kwek’ is derived from the sound of chirping birds. Kwek-kwek is cooked by frying quail eggs that are coated with bright orange batter. The grown-up version of this is the ‘tokneneng’ wherein larger chicken eggs are used.
I don’t usually soak my kwek-kwek in vinegar (I can’t stand the smell of it). Who’s with me?
Walking around Quezon Memorial Circle was a bit tiring so we searched for Buko Juice (or coconut juice) to quench our thirst. Coconut water is refreshing and healthy (contains electrolytes and minerals), and it’s affordable too. I normally buy the ones that are served in the shell.
My kids found another one of their favorites when we passed by sari-sari stores lined up on one side of the walkway. I never believed that Dirty Ice Cream or sorbetes coming from colorful carts are, well, dirty. So once in a while, I allow my kids to indulge.
Of course, I bought one for myself! Aside from the ice cream flavors, the colorful cones are a hit with the kids too.
Our main goal for that day was to catch some Pokemon so after buying ice cream, we headed to PokeStops where a lot of lure parties are currently on the roll. It was so easy for me to play Pokemon Go using mobile data and GPS because Huawei P9’s processor is fast enough to get the game going.
Then we saw a cart filled with green mangoes and we couldn’t help but crave that strong sour taste of unripe mangoes. Manggang Hilaw is usually served with bagoong. Yum!
I love how easy it is to shoot gorgeous photos with Huawei P9’s Leica dual lens camera. The photos featured here [in this blog post] were shot using the Professional mode, and I love the results! The photos looked like they were taken using a DSLR.
I also couldn’t believe that it’s so easy to get the bokeh effect with the Huawei P9! All I did was to activate the ‘camera lens’ icon on top (used for taking photos with a shallow depth of field; recommended for shooting people/objects within 2 meters), touch the screen to choose my subject, click, and voila!
Manong working his magic to form a sweet spun of sugar. Cotton candy in the streets gives children a happy, carnival-ish feeling.
Huawei P9 made my street food adventure even more special because each clear picture taken tells a story of how we Filipinos, up until this day, value our food heritage as reflected in our traditional local cultures. Each photo made me realize that I owe so much to these street vendors. My childhood became more fun and colorful, just like the yummy ready-to-eat food they offer everyday.
For me, photos are more than just art. Photos send out powerful messages and evokes different emotions from all spectators. True enough, Huawei P9’s Leica dual lens camera helped me change the way I see the world.
It was indeed a fun-filled day: caught a bunch of Pokemon, spent quality time with my kids, had an exciting food trip, and captured a few meaningful moments through photography. On the way home, I was thinking about eating barbecue and isaw after dinner. 🙂
Published: 2016-08-25 11:36:03