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Isaw is a street food from the Philippines, made from barbecued pig or chicken intestines.[1] The intestines are cleaned, turned inside out, and cleaned again, repeating the process several times; they are then either boiled, then grilled, or immediately grilled on sticks. They are usually dipped in vinegar or sukang pinakurat (vinegar with onions, peppers, and other spices). They are usually sold by vendors on street corners during the afternoons.

While popular throughout the Philippines, isaw has taken on an iconic status as a campus staple at the University of the Philippines Diliman.[2] The UP Isawan (an isaw stall) is used as a regular setting for comic book artist Manix Abrera's daily KikoMachine comic strip in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.[3][4][5]

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  1. ^ Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (1999). "The Perils of Isaw and Fishballs". Research Folio. University of the Philippines Diliman. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ Ma. Patricia V. Azanza, Corazon F. Gatchalian, Melba P. Ortega‌ (2000). "Food safety knowledge and practices of streetfood vendors in a Philippines university campus". International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 51 (4): 235–246. doi:10.1080/09637480050077121. PMID 11027035. 
  3. ^ Abrera, Manix (2005). Mga Tagpong Mukhang Ewan at Kung Ano-Ano Pang Kababalaghan!: Kikomachine Komix #1. Pasay City: Visual Print Enterprises. 
  4. ^ Abrera, Manix (2006). Mga Tagpong Tila Nagpapaka-Weird, Kunyari Pa-Deep, Sarap Sapukin...: Kikomachine Komix #2. Pasay City: Visual Print Enterprises. 
  5. ^ Abrera, Manix (2007). Die! Die; Evil! Die! Ahrrrgh!: Kikomachine Komix #3. Pasay City: Visual Print Enterprises.