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'So Sarap NYC' brings best Filipino street food in New York City

So Sarap NYC is the latest Pinoy pop-up craze to hit New York's busy street with all the Filipino favorite street food such as fish balls, isaw, kikiam, sorbetes, balut, and more.

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It's no doubt that these Filipino street food has something special that bring camaraderie and unify Filipinos for a quick and tasty bite.

On Thursday, So Sarap NYC released a sneak peak of a man pushing a yellow ice cream cart at the famous New York City's Times Square. It also offered a purple and yellow colored treats of a yummy ice cream sandwiches.

So Sarap NYC owner and Filipino chief VJ Navarro said that they decided to bring out the iconic Filipino ice cream (sorbete) cart for this year's Independence Day. The pop-up food stand aims to bring Filipino street food vendor to New York City and to introduce the flavors of the Philippine iconic treats.

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Amongst the many Filipino street vendors, the chicharon and balut vendor is an iconic one. You’ll see them mostly sell on the streets, by bus stations and other public transportation centers in the Philippines, as these are great to-go snacks.

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Taho, a cup of happiness. This is a classic sweet snack in the Philippines made with silken tofu, sago or tapioca pearls, and a simple brown sugar syrup mix. 

Freshly made each morning, served warm for breakfast or cold for merienda (snack) at any given time of the day. In the Philippines, usually a man holding a stick over his shoulder that carries two tin buckets filled with taho, walks around screaming “taho!”

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Barbecue in the Philippines is nothing compared to the usual barbecue we all know of. While we have the normal ones like pork and chicken skewers, we also have more to offer, and most of it are a delicacy for non-Filipinos.

Pork and chicken barbecue skewers are huge as street food in the Philippines. You will find it in most alley ways and street corners, as you can see the smoke and the distinctive smell of the barbecued meat coming from an open grill. Often, they are sold by the piece or by the bundle and they are extremely affordable too.

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The balut is a fertilized duck egg. Consisting of the white part, the yolk and the baby embryo which is usually caught between 10-20 days before it hatches. The balut is served hard boiled with salt or spiced vinegar on the side for garnish. Eating the balut is where things get tricky.

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Who remembers in their childhood days, the shouting of "Binatoooggg" while manong is ringing his bell, the sound meant that a Binatog vendor is riding a bike and roaming around the streets to attract people who crave it.

The binatog vendor usually riding a bike, has two covered buckets attached in the back: one containing the binatog, while the other carrying the condiments like grated coconut, sugar, salt, etc.

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