April 18, 2020
Most of the best local food can be found on the streets. Street food has become an important food category on its own, especially in the Philippines. It’s been quite a while since we enjoyed our favorite street food paired with Manong’s homemade sauce. I know you also miss munching on those comfort foods, especially on a hectic day. Lucky for us, Mekeni Food Corporation brings us Bayani Street Food — a product line of frozen street food that most Filipino love.
This affordable, safe, and high-quality street food line, which mainly caters to micro-entrepreneurs and those who operate neighborhood food carts and stalls, is Mekeni’s way to help more Filipinos start a small business and provide means to support their families. The Bayani Street Food line is subdivided into categories:
Party favorite Lumpiang Shanghai is one of Bayani’s best seller! It is a Filipino deep-fried appetizer, regarded as the most basic type of lumpia in Filipino cuisine, and it is usually smaller and thinner than other lumpia variants. Mekeni’s version is available in pork, chicken, and beef with jalapeno variants.
Mekeni’s version of this Chinese dumpling is a sure hit among foodies! It is commonly steamed, with a popular variant being fried and resulting in a crisp exterior. Bayani Siomai in pork, beef, and chicken can be enjoyed as a snack or can be paired with rice. It is available in both Negosyo (1kg) and Budget (200g) packs.
Siopao and Minipao
This Filipino version of steamed soft buns is filled with pulled pork or chicken braised in sweet soy sauce and garlic. Bayani Siopao has two variants namely, Pork Asado and Chicken Asado. It also has a minipao versions in the same variants and sweet flavors (Salted caramel, Ube, Chocolate, Red bean, and Custard).
Balls or Marine
This is one of the most loved Filipino street food snacks, not just among kids, but people from all walks of life. In the Philippines, they are traditionally sold in mobile wooden carts by street vendors who peddle around the streets. The balls are deep-fried, skewered in wooden sticks, and then dipped in a variety of sauces.
This category includes:
- Squid Balls: Tasty squid flavored snacks made from emulsified ground fish and spices.
- Chicken Balls: Flavorful pieces of minced chicken meat and spices.
- Kikiam Balls and Kikiam: Delicious rolls and balls made of minced meat, vegetables, and spices.
Of course, nothing beats a piping hot street food with Manong’s sauce. It makes it a hundred times better! You can easily learn how to make it at home with this recipe:
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cassava flour or cornstarch
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1 siling labuyo (optional)
- Just combine everything in a pot.
- stir to dissolve the brown sugar and flour/cornstarch
- Turn the stove on and let it boil in low heat.
Now, we don’t need to crave our favorite street food because we can now enjoy a Bayani Street Food Feast and make snack time more memorable with our family at home.
Bayani is available in wet markets, online stores, and through Mekeni’s Home2Home delivery service in Pampanga and Metro Manila.