The only kind of cheesiness I approve of

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I don’t think it qualifies as a normal Filipino childhood if you have never eaten any so-called “dirty ice cream”, more fondly called sorbetes, as a kid. This kind of ice cream is sold on the streets in these colourful ice cream carts that are pushed around by foot all over the city by sorbeteros. The carts roam the streets all day long (or until ice cream supplies last, I guess) but they normally hang around schools or parks, places children frequent. Every afternoon, as the bell signalling the end of the school day rings, students pour out of the school gates and are met with another kind of ringing outside. A line of Mamang Sorbeteros will be lined up on the curb with their carts and brown and pink ice cream cones.

Typically, the carts have three deep tunnel-like compartments which contain three different flavours to choose from. Usually there’s chocolate, strawberry, avocado, ube, and my favourite, queso (cheese)!

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Saying queso ice cream is my favourite Filipino ice cream flavour is quite a proclamation, considering I don’t even like or eat cheese at all if I can help it. Guess there are some things that are just too good not to let fall through the cracks.

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