Bibingkang malagkit (sticky rice cake)


It's like biko but better. Cook the glutinous rice in coconut milk. Spread in a greased baking dish, top with salted caramel, sprinkle with desiccated coconut and bake. It's so good. But to really do this sweet dish right, it's best to soak the rice for … [Read more...]

How to make: Pearl balls


If you've never seen nor heard of pearl balls, they are meat balls rolled in soaked glutinous rice and steamed until the rice grains puff and create a sticky crust. Pearl balls, like most dim sum food, are sized to be eaten in one go. Lift one up with … [Read more...]

Is machang, lo mai gai or zongzi?


It's sticky rice filled with chicken (or pork) and black mushrooms, sometimes with peanuts or chestnuts or both, wrapped in leaf then steamed. In the Philippines, it is known as machang and it is often listed under the dimsum items in Chinese restaurant … [Read more...]

Dolor’s kakanin, revisited


I've written about Dolor's Kakanin in 2006 (sorry, old photo missing) and I had nothing but praises for the assorted rice cakes that we used to drive all the way to Malabon for. We have two boxes of Dolor's Kakanin in the house right now, and one has been … [Read more...]

Guinataang Halo-halo

Guinataang Halo-halo

Guinataan means cooked with gata or coconut cream (or milk); halo-halo literally means mix-mix. Guinataang halo-halo is a sweet snack or dessert made with chunks of saba bananas, kamote (sweet potatoes), gabi (taro), sago (tapioca balls) and bilo-bilo … [Read more...]