The vendor and her loyal clients call these sandwiches, burgers. But even at first glance, the only thing that has anything related to burgers are the buns. We’re familiar with the literally, ice cream sandwich. But I was delighted and amused at seeing these street ‘burgers’ that a friend mentioned. Puto maya burger, spaghetti burger, bihon burger… and there are still burger buns with scrambled eggs and hotdog fillings instead of patties.
Alona Alferez, 37 years old, has been a vendor for the past 17 years. That wet day that I dropped by her burger cart, she was with her daughter, Jean. She told me that most of her loyal customers are tricycle and traysikad (pedicab) drivers in this busy Ozamiz City street near the Royal Garden Hotel.
The best thing? All the ‘burgers’ are priced at just P5 ($0.04) and is filling enough. Other than these sandwiches, she also sells pineapple juice, sweet jelly, candies, fishcrackers, peanuts and cigarettes. These so called street burgers are quite popular not only in Ozamiz City but in many places as well in Misamis Occidental and Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte to as far as Lanao del Sur.
I really bough the spaghetti and puto maya burger and it just tastes good. No wonder that Alona, selling from 8AM – 9:30PM sells about 500 buns in a day!
What about you? Have you tasted this one too in your travels?