ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bico Ube Flavor (Sweet Rice Purple Yam Flavor)

Updated on February 28, 2020
LornsA178 profile image

Lorna is a homeschooled mom and homemaker. She enjoys cooking, baking, walking and spend time with family and friends.

Sweet Rice Ube Flavor

Ubi Bico
Ubi Bico | Source

Bico ube is made of sweet rice, coconut milk, sugar, purple yam flavor and vanilla. It is a well liked snack/dessert in the Philippines. Bico is mostly cooked during "All Saints Day" on November first. It's an equivalent to the "Trick or Treat" on holloween here in the US.

During my childhood in the Philippines, my friends and I went from house to house and asked for sweet treats like sweet rice cakes and other native sweets. Just like kids here asking for candies for "trick or treats".

Some of my friends dressed up like ghost and wore scary mask. We brought plastic containers and asked for sweet rice wrapped in banana leaves. Then we will gather and ate what we got from our neighbors. Though our family had our own preparations for All Sant's Day--it was fun going out with friends and enjoyed our treats together. Those were pleasant memories I still remember during those good old days in the Philippines.

Long time ago, we just boil purple yam and dip it in sugar. Now there are more products that were made with it. Most popular ube products are: Ube cake, ube ice cream, ube pastillas, ube candies, ube bread and more.

Boiled Purple Yam


Ube is staple in the Philippines. It is a root crops like sweet potatoes. I remember growing up, my parents used to boil ube for our snacks paired with coca cola. It was a very filling snacks. It was fun to share it with friends. We also enjoyed some other root crops like cassava and sweet potatoes. Our snacks were mostly made from vegetables and fruits.

My grandmother was an avid gardener. She had a lot of plants in her huge garden around our house. Her garden were a mixture of trees, root crops, nuts, vegetables, fruits and flowers. We always ate fresh fruits and vegetables from my grandma's garden. Every time we were hungry, we went to grandma's garden and dug some root crops. Climb trees and picked some fruits. We also enjoyed boiled banana, boiled sweet potatoes and boiled cassava -they tasted good with butter when they are hot.

My friends and I spent a lot of time playing near my grandma's garden. We also loved to climb the aratilis tree - it's a native fruit tree in the Philippines. Aratilis has a very tiny round fruits that tasted so sweet. Its color is red when ripe and green when it's not ripe.

One of my favorite root crops is ube. I could not find any fresh one here in the US. But there's a preserved jar of it at Oriental market. It's also available in liquid and powdered form used as food flavoring/coloring. There are a lot of uses for Ube. Ube flavored cake is the best! The best ube cake I tasted was made by Goldilocks. My favorite ube flavored ice cream were made by Magnolia.

Below I have written a recipe for Ube Bico. There's also a step by step with pictures recipe for your convenient. Enjoy cooking!

Ingredients for Bico Ubi


  • 1 1/2 cups sweet rice, uncooked
  • 1 can coconut mllk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ube flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Cook sweet rice according to package instruction. Set Aside.
  2. In a wok or pot combine coconut milk, sugar, purple yam flavor and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Bring to boil and lower to medium to low heat and keep on stirring.
  4. When the mixture thickens, add the cooked sweet rice.
  5. keep on stirring until there's no more liquid and it's more sticky and hard to stir.
  6. Transfer it into a rectangular pan and pressed it so that it will flatten. Let it stand for few minutes and serve warm.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: 15 to 20 people

First cook the rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

Cooked sweet rice
Cooked sweet rice | Source

In a wok or pot combine coconut milk, sugar, purple yam flavor and vanilla. Mix well. Bring to boil and lower to medium heat and keep on stirring.

When thickens about 30 minutes add the cooked sweet rice.

Keep on stirring until it became sticky and dry.

Transfer it to a lightly greased rectangular baking pan. Let it set for a few minutes.

Serve warm with cheese toppings, optional.

© 2020 Lorna


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • LornsA178 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 days ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting Umesh! It is easy to make. Sorry, for late response. I was not able to check on hubpages for almost a month.

    • bhattuc profile image

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      4 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      It appears to be an interesting sweet recipe. It seems akin to Indian sweet pudding called Kheer.

    • LornsA178 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 months ago from USA

      Thanks Lorna for your visit. Most of the dishes I shared here were part of my childhood. I appreciate you for commenting every time I published an article. Thanks for your kindness.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      2 months ago

      Such a delicious sounding dish Lorna and it reminds of some of the sweet dishes my friends from India used to make. I enjoyed this article and it was lovely to hear about your childhood. My grandmother was also a keen gardener and I can remember eating most of her strawberries when I was a child. I will certainly give this tasty dish a try and thanks for sharing.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)