Binatog is one of the many merienda (snack) fares in the Filipino diet. Binatog is steamed or boiled white corn kernels cooked until they burst out of their skins. The individual corn kernels are painstakingly removed prior to cooking. It is often sold by tinderos riding a bicycle while happily clanking a heavy metal bell, signaling to the neighborhood that hot binatog is available. The binatog is a very humble merienda, the hot corn kernels are sold from a timba or pail that the tindero straps behind his bike. It's always served piping hot and is only available in the afternoon.
Binatog is very versatile. It can be eaten with a dash of salt or a dash of sugar and some grated niyog (mature coconut), utensils optional ;-)
I managed to catch a binatog vendor biking around our village and bought two scoops worth of the delicious, hot and fragrant merienda fare. Yummy!
Hubby would be so jealous.