- Posted May 9, 2012 by
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Now serving: Pig blood
It runs in the Filipino blood.
In a typical street food scenario, one will always be greeted by swirls of white smoke dancing to the animated movements of makeshift fans keeping the coals of grill stands burning.
A Pinoy vendor stand is home for foods like the popular isaw (pig or chicken intestines), tenga ng baboy (pig’s ear), adidas (chicken feet), and the semi-popular dugo ng baboy (pig’s blood) more popularly christened "betamax" taking the shape of the 80’s version of Blu-Ray discs.
It’s literally made of pig’s blood cooked and hardened to a solidified state to fit the skewering requirements. Its partner – the sawsawan – a concoction of onion, garlic, tomatoes, soy sauce, and vinegar among other invisible things to satisfy the salivating palate.
It’s not as popular to the religious as isaw. Not because of the lack of passion for anything physically unclean, but the reason is beyond the call of sanitation. It’s often spiritual.
There are those who skip the betamax for religious reasons, another testament to the mixed up Filipino beliefs that alter the common notion of the Filipino society.
But regardless of any spiritual constraints, most Filipinos still find the betamax gratifying, making it a homestay in the Pinoy street food menu.