Cagayan De Oro Street Food Challenge

Posted in Food & Beverages on July 27, 2014
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Aside from checking out the tourist spots in the Philippines whenever you visit different cities in the country, one of the most interesting to check out is their food. Trying out different cuisines in every city is as exciting as going in an adventure.

Food Trip from city to city is what I consider a new adventure. Instead of using your feet to do the walking, you’ll be using your taste buds as you savor every unique dish. Trying them out in a fancy restaurant may be a good thing, but seeking out the food consumed by the locals is what I consider an exciting adventure. And where could you possibly find them? In the streets, of course.

Nope, I’m not talking about eating leftovers some garbage in the streets. I’m talking about Street Foods sold in colorful and unique carts found in the streets.

Street Food Challenge in the Philippines vary from one city to another. Each has their own taste of serving food to the locals. One of the main reasons why Street Foods are widely accepted is because of the price. Street Foods are incredibly cheap! Your dollar goes a long way, to the extend that it could be the price of a whole meal.

In Cagayan De Oro City, the most popular street food is Proben, or sometimes called Chicken Proben, or even Proven. It mainly consists of a chicken’s Proventriculus, a glandular part of the stomach, dipped in cornstarch and cooked deep-fried to its golden brown texture. Skewered in a barbecue stick, it can be dipped in a specially made sauce in two variants, spicy and non-spicy. It is best eaten with a Puso/Hanging Rice (Rice boiled in Coconut Fronds), and a cup of Coconut Juice sold nearby. Most carts selling Proben have another carts selling Coconut Juice, making it look like a complete set of meal.

One of the main concerns of the local government is the nutritional value of this certain street food. Various studies are made to defend the growing appreciation of Proben and it showed that the nutrient content of Proben is heavy on Fiber, Carbohydrates, Calcium, Phosphorus, and Iron.