Two of the most popular street food fares in the country are Bananaque and Camoteque or Fries. I am not quite familiar with the history of these fares but I do know that they’ve been around since our grandparents’ generation. The bananaque is made from semi-ripe ‘Saba” bananas and caramelized brown sugar. The bananas are deep fried in hot oil first before the sugar is added. Once the bananas are coated in sugar, it is removed from the pan to caramelize and drain. It seems easy to make but I always have trouble getting the right amount of sugar to stick in the bananas. I usually end up with a measly coated banana whenever I attempt to cook my own bananaque. As such, whenever I have cravings for bananque we simply visit our friendly neighborhood bananaque stand. Another favorite snack that I dare not attempt to cook anymore is the Camote Fries. This spin off from the Camoteque tastes better because it gets more caramel coating than the standard que version. I may not be able to cook these fares according to my standards but I do know where to get them whenever we have cravings. Those who can’t cook will just have to buy.