I hope y’all had a very Merry Christmas as did we. It’s Day 3 of Christmas in the (Catholic) church calendar so go ahead, it’s still appropriate to send Christmas greetings and presents! ;)
I am eating faster than I could post! It’s been more than a week since I landed in the “Pearl of the Orient” and I take photos of almost everything I eat. But so far, you’ve only seen two of them, halo-halo and taho. Allow me to add to the list.
One of two popular Christmas staples, specially during the season of Simbang Gabi (dawn masses) is the bibingka. They are available year-round in a number of Filipino restaurants but during the Christmas season, stalls selling these native delicacies sprout like mushrooms, usually near churches.
I had my first dose of bibingka when we got back from Boracay via Bibingkinitan…
These, definitely, are not the best-tasting bibingka this country has to offer, but they’re the first ones I laid eyes on and they just called out to me like crazy. Bibingkinitan is a combination of two words bibingka (rice cake) and balingkinitan (slender/skinny). True enough, these bibingkas are mini and about a quarter of the size of a regular bibingka.
A bibingkinitan is worth Php20.00 a pop, Php120 for a box of 6. I’m not crazy about them but they just might be good enough to satisfy your bibingka craving just a teeny tiny bit.
I had a much much better-tasting bibingka after tonight’s dinner. Tell you about it in upcoming Pilipinas food trip posts. Promise. :)