Some Favorite Filipino Desserts

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Everyone loves a little sweet dish after having a hearty meal. The Philippines is popular for its desserts. Some of the desserts have a unique preparation and ingredients in them.

Filipino desserts is a big part of Filipino dishes and cuisine. It plays a big role in terms of Filipinos way of cooking and eating. Filipino desserts is usually called as “panghimagas” in Tagalog word. For many Filipinos, it isn’t a good meal without something tasty and sweet to top it off. It is like without any dessert, the meal isn’t complete.

Filipino desserts is a must try cuisine due to the fact that it is a fusion of recipes taken from around 144 ethnic groups. Filipino sweet dishes are an ideal representation of West meets East as they are very multi-faceted. Here’s to name a few of the many desserts Filipinos love.

HALO-HALO

The dessert Halo halo has the best of everything. The word ‘Halo’ means mix. So what the name of the desert translates to is mix, and rightly so, because it is one of the most popular Filipino cold desserts that contain a lot of ingredients. Its concoction is prepared by using crushed ice, evaporated milk and a lot of fruits and berries. The entire mixture is often topped with ice cream.

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LECHE FLAN

This is your usual caramel pudding. It is custard dessert which is then layered with a clear caramel sauce. This is one of the easiest recipes of dessert that can be prepared and is you will find these in many restaurants of Philippines; this is owing to the fact that they have a very long shelf life. Though you might find caramel pudding all around the world, but the leche flan of the Filipino cuisine is known to have silkiness in its texture and is very sweet.

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GINATAN or GINATAAN HALO HALO

A kind Filipino dessert that is best served as dessert and snacks as well. Also, it can also be served either hot/warm or cold. Guinataang halo-halo main ingredients are bananas (saging na saba), kamote (sweet potatoes), gabi (taro), sago (tapioca balls) and bilo-bilo (sticky rice balls) that is cooked in sweetened coconut milk.

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BIKO

A native and authentic Filipino food. This is a special rice cake topped with caramel drizzles or latik. Biko is usually served during birthday parties, fiestas, Christmas, New Year and other celebrated events in Philippines. Thus, the Biko recipe is somewhat popular and very well known by most of the Filipinos.

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SUMAN

It is a form of a rice cake. The contents of Suman include glutinous rice which is cooked in coconut milk. This entire preparation is wrapped in a banana leaves and left for steaming. It is served with a side of sugar but often coconut caramel sauce is used in place of sugar. Suman has a lot of varieties. If you visit many towns in Philippines, you will get to have different type of Suman’s, with each Suman having its own speciality. The wrapping of Suman is often considered an art owing to the different styles in which it is done.

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