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…

Filipino coconut macarOOns

… with emphasis on the «oo» so as not to confuse them with the French macarons. These are made with desiccated coconut while the latter is made with finely ground almonds and meringue. Anyway, these macaroons were among my favorite snacks while I was growing up in Manila 😋

Brazo de Mercedes cupcakes

I DID IT!!! 😄 I have been wanting to do this for the longest time… And now I finally did it!! I finally baked one of my favorite desserts back in the Philippines—Brazo de Mercedes! 😋 Well, I know it’s not exactly in its traditional roulade form… But I didn’t want to risk going through the…

Tocino—simple but good

I was always a picky eater while I was growing up. In fact, one of my Mom’s constant frustration then was finding food I actually like eating… One of those dishes that made it to my very short list of favorites at that time was tocino. Tocino is a sweet cured meat dish that is traditionally…

Lumpiang Shanghai

Yesterday was the annual Summerfest at the daycare my little daughter goes to. As was the custom, each child’s parents were asked to bring food that will be shared with the other attendees—potluck, in short. Since we were notified beforehand that we are not allowed to bring cakes (gasp! 😱), I thought of bringing a dish…

Ensaymada

A staple of all Filipino bakeries, ensaymada is the Filipino version of the French brioche. It is one of those Filipino dishes that have origins in Spain, what with the Philippines being a Spanish colony for almost four centuries… In fact, it is very much similar to a pastry specialty coming from the Balearic islands, particularly…

Maja mais: first attempt

Yesterday I made my first attempt at making maja mais, one of the Philippines’ traditional desserts. I was inspired by my daughter—I need to wean her from eating too much ice cream and chocolate pudding. Since she loves corn, I thought maja mais is a logical alternative. I remember this dessert from when my aunt made…