Suman with coconut caramel sauce

Another favorite treat from my childhood—suman! Suman is one of the traditional Filipino snacks. It is made of sweet glutinous rice, called malagkit, cooked with coconut milk, sugar and salt, then wrapped in banana leaves prior to further boiling in a water bath, or steaming in bamboo steamers. It is usually served with either (or both)…

Bibingkang malagkit II

Another, more complicated version of how to make one of my favorite Filipino kakanin, the bibingkang malagkit. This version uses both coconut cream and coconut milk—the former being used to make the topping, while the latter is used in making the glutinous rice base (biko). The coconut cream, which is a lot thicker in consistency…

Mango-lime macarons

I’m taking a short break from my Asian-inspired macaron flavors series for a while, so I’m sharing here the recipe for what is turning out to be the second most popular flavor being ordered since I started my small business—mango-lime macarons. And no, I do not consider mango here as strictly Asian since it is…

Asian-inspired flavors: Kopi Luwak macarons

Finally, here’s number 5 of my Asian-inspired macaron flavors series: Kopi Luwak macarons with Kopi Luwak ganache. This one is inspired by this year’s trip to Bali, Indonesia. Besides the Ulun Danu temple (a.k.a. Bedugul temple) on Lake Bratan in Bedugul, the island is known for the very exclusive Kopi Luwak.   Pura Ulun Danu,…

Filipino-inspired flavors: Sans rival macarons

My apologies for the late post. Those of you who have read my recent post last week regarding my wrinkly macaron misadventure might be wondering what on Earth I was doing, grinding cashews and using peanut flour… Well, I was experimenting on transforming a favorite Filipino layered cake, Sans rival, into a macaron. Sans rival is basically…

Asian-inspired flavors: Black sesame macarons

Number 2 in my Asian-inspired macaron flavors series. One of our most recent discoveries while visiting the Philippines last month was the newly opened Omakase Japanese restaurant along Holy Spirit Drive in Don Antonio Heights, Quezon City. They have amazing food, but for a sweet-toothed individual like myself, the stand-out was their black sesame ice cream….

Filipino-inspired flavors: Ube macarons

Coming back from a recent trip to my homeland in Southeast Asia, I brought with me a lot of ideas/inspirations for baking macarons. This is the first of a series I’m planning on trying out in the next couple of posts.* Halayang ube is one of the Filipino sweets I liked so much while I was…