Native delicacies

Below you will find some popular native delicacies that are favorite Christmas specialities. One such Ilonggo/Filipino delicacy is bibingka. Here what I got from which I plan to prepare come Christmas season:

"Bibingka is a rice cake similar to the Western pancake in appearance. In taste, texture and way of cooking, however, they are very much different from each other. Bibingka is made from galapong, baked in a special clay pot, lined with a piece of banana leaf, with live coals on top and underneath. It is topped with slices of kesong puti (white cheese) and itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs). The newly-cooked bibingka is spread with butter and sometimes sprinkled with sugar then served with niyog (grated coconut). Galapong is glutinous rice soaked in water then ground with the water to form either a batter or a dough" (from

For the proportion, don't worry I will be posting more from my very own collection soon. Cheer up!

Okey, here it is....

4 eggs, well beaten
1 cup sugar

2 cups rice flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups coconut milk
1/4 cup melted margarine
2 tablespoon baking powder
For topping:
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup sugar

Add sugar to beaten eggs
combine salt and flour; add to egg mixture
add melted margarine, coconut milk, and baking powder
pour into banana leaf-lined mold
Bake in 375 deg. F oven. When half done, take out from the oven and brush top with coconut cream and sugar and bake until golden crust is formed.
Makes 3 large bibigkas.

Happy eating!