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Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs are everywhere in the world. We go abroad to work to support our families back home. Taking risks in foreign lands just so we can provide decent homes, decent clothing and decent food for our children and love ones. Sacrifices - that is what every OFW makes and one of those sacrifices are being not able to take a bite of their favorite Pinoy snack for very long periods of time.

So we asked some of our  friends working abroad what food back home they miss. This is brings us to the the top five Filipino snacks that OFWs miss the most. In no particular (short) order, here's the list.

Boy Bawang

Boy Bawang

Probably one of the best tasting cornick every Filipino has ever put in their mouths, Boy Bawang is one snack that OFWs will always crave for. This cornick with strong garlic flavor may make your breath smell funny but it's definitely worth it.

Balut
Balut

The magic egg that relieves fatigue and weakness (specially on the knees) that every Pinoy knows the anatomy of. It's basically a baby duck that was bound to never see the light of day but only the light of incubator bulbs just so they can become one of the most popular delicacies in the Philippines. OFWs surely miss its tasty sisiw and even its least popular part bato.

Just add salt or vinegar or a little of both and you have a snack that is best consumed at night.

Manggang Hilaw with Bagoong
Manggang Hilaw with Bagoong

Now this is a rare snack that is so hard to find when you are a Pinoy living abroad. Tangy and sour green mango sliced to strips and dipped in rich sweet-spicy bagoong the one snack that every Pinoy abroad cries for when they think of home. Some OFWs even reported suddenly recalling the name of their suki vendors peddling this true blooded Noypi snack in their neighbohood back home.

Tokneneng
Tokneneng

These are hard boiled quail eggs taken out of their shells then coated with flour batter. You can make easily make them anywhere there is quail eggs available but the thing is the sauce it is best eaten with is really hard to imitate. It's like the trade secret of every tokneneng vendor in Philippines and only those who make tokneneng for a living are the ones who can only make its true sauce. I bet every OFWs is willing to poke the eyes of their co-workers just to have five pieces of tokneneg skewered on a stick.

Isaw
Isaw

Don't cry now. I know this is one snack that really hits home hard, makes your heart bleed just by reading its name and makes your stomach grumble a sound like it's Godzilla starving to death.

Don't feel all home sick and sad as I remind you how those sunog parts of the isaw are so crunchy but instead I want you to make every stick of isaw in your imagination to be the inspiration to strive more for the best keeping in mind that soon you will be eating Isaw along with Boy Bawang, Tokneneng, Balut and Mangang Hilaw with Bagoong together with the people you love: your family. Here. Back at home.

Are you an OFW? What Pinoy snack you miss so much? Share us your thoughts!

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