Bibingka can be eaten all year around but its very popular during Christmas Filipinos make plenty of rice cakes, all regions have their own rice cake menu but the most popular is Bibingka (baked rice cake) and Puto bumbong (steamed rice cake). It is said that the reason why we have plently of rice cakes during this time of the year as the rice harvest just finished. So there are plentiful of grains.
In a large bowl mix rice four, sugar, salt and baking powder
Add eggs, coconut milk and mix well making sure it’s incorporate well
Place the banana leaves in a cake tin, make sure the banana doesn’t rip then pour the rice flour mixture and add salted eggs if preferred
Bake in a 350 F oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until golden, use toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
Remove from heat and spread butter on top and sprinkle with sugar
Serve warm or cold, enjoy!
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Here’s a fantastic winter warmer! During Noche Buena in the Philippines many homes prepare a hot chocolate with cocoa tablea and milk or cream. They usually drink Tsocolate after midnight mass because the weather is cooler around Christmas everyone enjoys a hot chocolate with their meal.
Filipino style spaghetti is a sweet spaghetti with hotdogs that’s the closest description of it and popularised by the food chain Jollibee. It became so popular that it’s one of the favourite food at parties and occasions even during Christmas dinner! This is my version of it, I know it may seem strange but don’t knock it until it you try it. You might enjoy it!
Ok ok…Italians and Europians are rolling their eyes. I know this is not very Italian but I can assure you it tastes good. I remember making a proper spaghetti, I even made my own sauce, the pasta was cooked just right then topped with a good handful of cheese. I let my little nephew try it, warning him that this is how Italians make it. He spat it out saying why isn’t it sweet?! Oh dear! I had to educate him the poor boy.
Salabat is a traditional tea popular during rainy season, when someone is feeling under the weather and during Noche Buena, a feast after midnight mass on Christmas morning. This traditional tea is simple to make and refreshing.
I remember when I was living in the Philippines, on Christmas eve the food for the feast will be ready on the table for Noche Buena. While waiting to attend the mass as a child we would sleep early and be woken up just before the mass. We would go to the mass and welcome Christmas with everyone, afterwards we would go back to the house for the feast! As we go out of the church, just outside I can see all the food and drink vendors outside selling Bibingka (baked rice cake) and Puto Bumbong (steamed rice cake). There’s also some hot Kape (coffee), tsokolate (chocolate) and Salabat (ginger & lemon tea) for the church goers to have after the mass because the weather is usually cold.
Try this recipe for a refreshing yet warming drink!