Fried isaw (intestines)

Fried isaw (intestines)

In Asia, no animal part goes to waste. We eat fish heads as well as the internal organs of mammals. They are all delicacies. While grilled pork and chicken isaw (intestines) have long been a popular part of the street food landscape, we never heard of fried isaw until our daughters went off to college. According to them, fried pork isaw was and continues to be all the rage around the university.

Because parking is always a headache in the school area, Speedy and I never had a chance to sample the fried pork isaw. Speedy found the Antipolo version a couple of days ago, fried chicken isaw, but with intestines, I prefer pork over chicken.

Why? Because pork intestines can be thoroughly cleaned by flushing the inside under the tap. Just attach one end much like you’d attach a rubber hose onto a faucet, turn on the tap full blast and anything inside the intestines get flushed out. With the size of chicken intestines, it just isn’t possible to do that.

Fried isaw (intestines)

So, how are the fried chicken intestines served? Skewered, dipped in batter then fried partially. When someone places an order, the skewered intestines are thrown into the hot oil a second time and cooked at a very high temperature until browned and crisp. Then, they are served with dipping sauce — sweet, sour, spicy… there is often a bevy to choose from and all the customer has to do is point and choose which he prefers.

  • Mars Abueg

    Mam Connie Good Day. ask ko lang sana kung bakit ang isaw ko pang nag fried na ako pumuputok?

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Unang-una, hindi pa ako nakapag-prito ng isaw. And there is nothing in this post to mislead anybpdy into thinking that I have. So, your question is misplaced. :)

  • tetet

    Hi Miss Connie, I also live here in Antipolo. May I ask where is this isaw vendor located? This post got me intrigued and I wanna try them out :)

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Near Mercury Drug across the public market. :)

  • Maricel

    As far as I know, chicken intestines or isaw are turned inside out so that they can be cleaned thoroughly

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Unlike pork and beef intestines, chicken intestines are very thin. How do you do that without tearing them?

  • tetet

    Ay malapit lang..thanks!!!

  • Glenda

    The way I saw someone do it was by running the chicken intestines thru a skewer and turning it inside out. Too time consuming, in my opinion. So I don’t think everybody does it, hence I also just prefer the pork intestines.

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    Oh wow. A lot of work!

  • Joey

    I concur with the chicken intestine cleaning. I’ve seen it done a few times when we lived near a market sa atin. Although I’m still suspicious with the several chicken isaw I’ve eaten with the aftertaste :-)

  • richard

    so what’s the verdict on isaw battered and deep fried v.s. mang larry style over at peyups?

  • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

    We didn’t try the battered chicken isaw. Still looking for fried pork isaw here in suburbia. :)