Street Snacks

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Street stall

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The biggest bandi ever

Filipinos have a definite sweet tooth which is evident in many of the snacks available at street stalls like this found all over the country. On our road trip to Antique we stopped off at this one to pick up supplies for the 4+ hour journey.

Among the many on offer were pulboron, a classic sweet made from flour, powdered milk, sugar and butter, wrapped in brightly coloured translucent plastic; bukayo, fine strips of buko (young coconut), mixed with brown sugar; and bandi, shown above, which is like Filpino peanut brittle, made from peanuts cooked in crystallised muscovado sugar, often topped with sesame seeds. Bandi used to be my favourite as a child, and it was with a heavy heart (but grateful teeth), that I resisted buying any, particularly the offerings sold in pieces larger than a dinner plate.

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