A Taste of Grilled Chicken Intestines

Back in college, my friends would usually buy one of the popular Filipino street food known as “isaw.” This famous barbecued chicken intestines are tagged as “cheap but has a good taste.” So, every time I see these along the street, I would make that “Yuck-Eew” face. Of course, with the sound of “intestines,” I already hesitated. Imagine those intestines I have seen in the operating room when I was finishing my nursing course. haha 😉


Having dinner along the sidewalk. 🙂

I have never eaten one of these before and I told myself I never will. But my hunger for new experiences made me realize that “What the heck! I’ll try it! I’m not going to die anyway.” So, along the street of Gatuslao, Bacolod City, I bought myself two sticks of this squiggly wonder…


This is my first encounter with the INTESTINES! hahaha.

I’m glad I had a great support system. My buddies in Young Life cheered as I took that first bite. It was such a breath-taking moment – literally. I don’t know if I will swallow it or leave it inside my mouth or chew. As I was adjusting to the taste, I felt like a queen! The second stick came. It was as simple as that. And the years that I have spent saying “Yuck” – we’re long gone. It’s edible! Duh! 🙂

The verdict? Tastes like chicken. Only chewy. Better with rice and “sinamak” 😛


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  1. Ephraim Arriesgado

    May 17, 2012 — 5:07 pm

    Hahahaha i can’t imagine your feeling on your first bite.. I usually eat this on road trips only, street foods! By the way, what’s sinamak? 🙂

  2. well, my face tells the whole story. but for a first try, i am so glad i did not throw up 🙂

  3. sinamak is vinegar with spices (usually garlic, chili, and ginger) you have another term for this, i think 🙂

  4. I haven’t tried dipping isaw in sinamak but it sure sounds delicious. Will definitely try it out!

  5. Let me know what you think after you have tried it, Calel 🙂

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