Pramis ko di ba mag-blog ako ng maganda tungkol sa Pinas? Pwes, etong unang nakita ko, mas madali kasi, hehe. Isa sa mga sinulat ko dun sa Pinoy Mom’s Network. Kung saan e natutok ako sa mga minatamis na tunay na panlasang Pinoy. Ang Pinoy desserts ay kasama sa mga tinatawag kong comfort food.
Tulo laway ko kapag naisip ko sila. Buhay ang katawan ko kapag nalasahan ko sila. Asa langit ako kapag napapaligiran ako ng Pinoy desserts. Di baleng maglabasan ang mga bilbil ko… Pasensya na, mag-inglis si Kengkay ng konti ha. Pag gusto nyo ng translation, sabihan nyo lang si kumpareng babelfish
Let’s check out the cold varieties first:
Halo-halo is a cold dessert made of sweetened fruits, gelatin cubes, sweet beans, nata de coco, kaong (seeds of sugar palm trees), jalea ube (made from purple yam), etc; usually served in a tall glass filled with with shaved ice and topped with ice cream and macapuno, and leche flan.
Mais con Hielo or Saba con Hielo has shaved ice again, but flavored with corn or chopped saba (a native banana) and mixed with milk and a bit of sugar.
Brazo de Mercedes is of Spanish origin. It is a meringue roll with a butter sauce filling.
Buko Pandan Salad appeals not only to the palate but the smell is a great enticement, too. It combines buko (young coconut), green gelatin, pandan flavor, nata de coco, cream and milk.
Leche Flan is a composed of eggs, milk, sugar and sometimes with a taste of lemon, and topped with caramelized sugar.
Sans Rival is a rich buttery cake made up of eggs, milk, butter and toasted cashew nuts.
And don’t forget the exotic ice cream flavors we have such as ube, mango, and calamansi. You can get your mango ice cream, firmly packed for a long journey, at the departure lounge of the NAIA international airport.
Ice cream collage is from the personal files of Connie Veneracion.
The array of hot desserts:
Bibingka is a rice cake that is usually cooked in a clay pot between live coals above and below it. It is often topped with native cheese, salted egg and sprinkled with grated coconut ; though interesting topping variations are also common now. It was a Christmas tradition that has become a daily dessert option.
Ensaimada, meanwhile, is a buttered sweet roll, dusted with sugar and topped with cheese.
Egg pie is a Filipino custard pie that is made of egg yolks or eggs with milk and sugar.
Maruya, Banana Cue, Camote Cue and Turon are delicacies mostly bought from street vendors but are becoming party favorites. Maruya is sliced bananas dipped in batter and deep fried. Banana cues like, camote (sweet potato) cue, are skewered and deep fried in oil and brown sugar. Turon are bananas wrapped in a spring roll wrapper and fried with sugar, sometimes stripped jackfruit are added to taste.
‘Kakanin’ is a generic term for sticky rice cakes that include cuchinta, puto, palitao, pichi-pichi, suman, latik, maja blanca, malagkit or sapin-sapin.
Sweet finger licking goodies such as pastillas de leche, yema, and polvoron.
Taho is a soybean milk cake that are thinly sliced and served in a syrup as refreshment; they usually come with sweetened sago. Flavored taho became a real hit, which such offers as vanilla, ube, chocolate, etc.
Finally, if you’re into regional delicacies, try the broas (ladyfingers) and peanut kisses from Bohol; Jalea Ube and Peanut Brittle from Baguio; Dried Mangoes, Otap, and Galletas from Cebu; and Buko pie from Laguna.
O ayan, sarap di ba? Sigurado ako meron akong hindi na-isama sa listahan na peborit nyo rin. Kung meron man, kalabitin ako. Masarap tumikim ng bagong lasang Pinoy, kahit man lang sa panaginip!
Kaya dito, kapag may natitisod akong Pinoy dessert sa mga Asia shops sa paligid-ligid ng aking bahay kubo, nako, talagang hoarding ginagawa ko. Sempre yun yung delata o kaya naman e naka bote na; pero pagtiyagaan na lang. Mas malinamnam talaga yung habang binibili mo e naaamoy ang sarap nya…
P.S. At para sa Pasko, masarap na give-away ang Pinoy dessert tulad nitong ibat ibang flavor na Polvoron ni Maru. Oo naman, di lang seksi mom yang si mamaru kundi seksi cook pa Hay, sana may magbato sa akin ng kanyang polvorn (naks, parinig pa si Kengkay!).