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Bibingka which is a round rice cake made with coconut milk and rice flour. It is baked in clay pots with the coals on top and underneath to evenly cook the mixture . It is brushed with butter and topped with salted egg or cheese and grated coconut meat.
It is cooked with the pre-cut banana leaf, thus adding flavor and aroma to the rice cake. Once it is baked, you would notice that it’s top and bottom part are brownish and it is evenly cooked.
Vendors would normally wrap the rice cake together with the crisp banana leaf on a newspaper. This helps in keeping it hot to last until you arrive home and share it with your loved ones.
When vendors pack it, they would normally separate the grated coconut meat. However, make sure you don’t forget to put it on when you eat it as this treat is best enjoyed with its white toppings.
This steamed traditional rice is being sold at any time of the year on some kiosks in the malls of the country. Food vendors selling this on the streets increases during Christmas season, as this delicacy has been associated as a Christmastide food. Some people prefer to buy it from the streets to rekindle the traditional practice of buying this treat at dawn or evening. Moreover, ‘bibingkas’ sold on the streets have that smoky flavor and aroma that makes it even more appetizing.
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Happy Tummy! 💛