The first sign of Christmas in the Philippines is the aroma. Once there's the scent of freshly cooked bibingka in the air, you know that Christmas is just around the corner.
Bibingka, a rice cake made of flour, coconut milk and eggs, is a traditional delicacy during the Christmas season in the country. The usual bibingka is cooked in a clay pot over coal and lined with banana leaf.
What was once an “exclusively Christmas-season” dish is now available year round. Numerous establishments offer this delicious rice cake and also took their own spin on the traditional dish. Choose Philippines’ Travel Insider Pinas Muna shares some of the bibingka-inspired dishes they've found in Metro Manila:
Bibingka Crème Brulee
Bibingka Ice Cream
Bibingka Keso Flan
For more on these dishes and where to find them in the metropolis, read this article.