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M.I.Y.O Monday: What Is Your Favorite Road Trip Food?

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Whether eaten in the car or on the way, this is the one food your road trip can’t do without. A MIYO Monday question specially crafted for this long weekend.

Note: M.I.Y.O. Monday stands for Make It Your Own Monday, a question thrown out to DCF readers every Monday to jumpstart the week with lively interaction. I also welcome questions and suggestions for future MIYO Mondays. Email me.

As I write this, I’m looking at the Bicol vacation photos that my sister has shared on Instagram. My other sister is in Baguio, and as for me, well, I’m still in Manila but seriously contemplating a brief road trip maybe later today.

The photo above shows two different kinds of buko pies that hail from Los Baños, Laguna, but whose fame extends far beyond that. Buko pie, which is something that I bake on occasion, has become my default road trip food. For some reason, most of my road trips are to the south, and well, the south has a surfeit of buko pies. When driving down the streets in the south, I like that there’s a whole strip of stalls to choose from, though I know that in reality, there are really only three or four brands in total.

Most of the time, these pies are lukewarm, having withered in the midday heat with only the shade of a box cover for protection. I like that these buko pies are old-fashioned, made from lard and crumble upon first bite. I’m charmed that if I want one, I must buy the entire pie because it’s not available by the slice. Most of all, there’s something challenging and memorable about eating a pie with my hands because there aren’t any utensils available, plastic or otherwise. I have fond memories of standing in the midday sun holding an errant slice of buko pie that’s been ripped from its whole, and I’m bent over the sidewalk to prevent any wayward crumbs from littering my shirt. Good times!

So tell me: on this long weekend, what’s the one food you’re taking with you on your road trip? Whether it be in the car with you or bought along the way, tell me what it is.

12 Responses to “M.I.Y.O Monday: What Is Your Favorite Road Trip Food?”

  • Thin-cut and crisp banana chips from Laguna, which has a smidge of sweetness from the fruit and sugar (or honey, as they claim on the jar). They’re often sold in large plastic jars, great for sharing with road trip buddies or psalubong. Once ordered about 50 jars of it for Christmas gifts (yours didn’t get to you that time because nobody answered the door when Aina was trying to drop it off…) ;)


  • Peanuts! :D Choking hazard, but I can’t stop eating them. :D


  • Peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich, cashew nuts, almond nuts, cheetos, and doritos!


  • Baon: homemade pimiento sandwiches on white bread, ice-cold zesto. Then mushroom burger in Tagaytay. =)


  • Tim Tams!
    May chocolate ka na, may biscuit ka pa :)


  • LONGGANISA!!! I always buy the longganisa of a particular place. My favorites, so far, Calumpit in Bulacan, Alaminos in Pangasinan, Imus in Cavite, Baguio (the Everything Nice Recado recipe), Ereñeta Recado in Bacolod, Castillejos in Zambales (the Malacañan Recipe — so called because the seller’s family supplied longganisa to Pres. Ramon Magsaysay when he was in office), and Tuguegarao in Cagayan.


  • Dunkin Donuts’ choco butternut munchkins! ;-)


  • Chichacorn with lotsa toasted garlic. Spicy variant na rin! :)


  • An entire box of Beef Express Jamaican patties from De Original Jamaican Pattie Shop. :)


  • I love buko pie too but my fave is the buko (and ube) tarts from Rowena’s in Tagaytay! :) As for my fave roadtrip food, I love shing-a-ling, popcorn, banana chips, spicy peanuts, Mcdo’s cheeseburger & fries.


  • Collette’s buko pie, raisin bread from Bag O’ Beans, bread, bread and more bread from Sonya’s Garden, Dunkin’ Donuts Boston Kreme, Herr’s Cheese Curls (have you tried this, Lori? It’s cheezeh!), Casino Roquefort and Cheddar cheese crepes (another new cheesy discovery), McDonald’s Twister Fries dipped in their hot fudge sundae.


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