Travel destination : Philippines ( Not-to-miss-native-food)
how to make puto bumbong
Perfect "panghimagas" (dessert) or morning & afternoon snack
As the cliche goes, " there's no place like home!" This is so true not only when referring to your place of dwelling, but also when referring to the food that we loved, growing up.
Here are some of the best, must-try Filipino desserts or snacks that guarantee you with, not only a contented appetite, but a full stomach as well.
First on the list is a popular "merienda" or snack we call "bibingka" made from flour, eggs, sugar and milk, cooked over very slow fire (charcoal) and served hot, topped with salted egg, and shredded coconut with muscovado. Best taken as afternoon snack with either soda, coffee, hot choco or your favorite tea.
Bibingka is popular in the Philippines, and can be seen anywhere that food is sold : supermarkets, groceries, marketplace, sidestreets and within church vicinities specially during Christmas time, as eating bibingka after attending the midnight mass(misa de gallo) has become a tradition.
The best bibingka I have tasted so far, would be that one of Via Mare's & Ferrino's. Comes in different sizes nowadays.
Another equally popular & tasty delicacy is the Puto bumbong, made from grounded glutinous rice, served best with hot cocoa. It can be taken after a light meal or ideal for snacks.
The next featured Filipino delicacy is very common, as this is very easy to make, easy to cook, satisfying, tasty and inexpensive. "Turon" can be bought or seen anywhere near the school, churches, offices, along the streets, in the restaurants, supermarkets, markets or right in the comforts of your own homes.
The blend of banana and langka (jackfruit) when wrapped and deep fried gives it a delicious taste in the mouth that a single serving sometimes would not suffice. Best when wrapped with a lot of brown sugar friend into perfection. Best served when hot, after meals or can be taken as afternoon snack.
It used to be just plain and simple wrapped & fried banana, until it became "turon-ala-mode" that made it even more heavenly. The straddle between the hot and cold in the mouth just gives it a different sensation in the mouth.
Yet another mouth-watering breakfast, dessert, morning or afternoon snack is the "ensaimada".There are various toppings on the ensaimada that give it a twist in taste. Some prefer theirs with just plain shredded cheese, while other like it topped with chopped ham and cheese. I love the one I tasted in Mary Grace with 3 cheese as toppings. Really wonderful.
Ensaimadas are very easy to find. Highly commercialized ones can be bought off the rack from Goldilocks, red ribbon, supermarkets, cafe's, but I recommended those that you can eat while its still hot. its wonderful.
"Palitao" ( originates from "litaw", which means "to float") is another big-time favorite, made (again) from glutinous rice, molded and cooked in boiling water, and the minute it floats, its cooked. Just top with sugar and shredded coconut, and its ready to eat!
Halo-halo is a seasonal favorite specially during the summer season. "Halo" ( tagalog word for "mix") is a combination of cooked fruits ( banana, sweet potato, brown beans) lechen flan, nata de coco (coconut gel) crashed ice, milk, syrup and sometime with a scoop of ice cream on top is seriously a perfect dessert. careful on the calories, though :)