Who doesn’t love a good dessert? Sweet treats and snacks to fulfill our cravings and increase happiness. In Asian cuisine, confectionaries are popular and the young to old have a sweet tooth – every region has their own sweet selection, and the Philippines is no exception. Here are five Filipino desserts you can find in Macau to satiate that sweet tooth.
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May we introduce the king of Philippine desserts – this cool and refreshing beverage is a perfect dessert for summer. Halo-Halo (which translates to mix-mix in English) has a varied combination, but the general ingredients consist of sweet beans, nata de coco (coconut gelatin), corn, bananas, jackfruit, sweet potato, leche flan (egg pudding) and bobba (sweet pearls) over a layer of shaved ice, drizzled with a generous amount of evaporated milk and finally topped with ube (purple yam) ice cream. Snap your photos quick before eating – because to fully enjoy halo-halo you literally have to use your spoon and mix it all together to get the most out of each ingredient.
A Filipino party would most definitely not be complete without this eye-catching green and white salad made with shredded young coconut, green gelatin cubes, fresh coconut water, cream and pandan flavoring. Sometimes it also comes with added tapioca pearls for an extra bite. With a refreshing and cream fulfilling taste, it’s hard to stop eating this satisfying sweet treat. We advise you grab a bowl or a glass of this greenish delight at Filipino gatherings and parties because it’ll be devoured in minutes.
Puto (Steamed rice cake)
In Asia, they say ‘rice is life’, and Filipinos have incorporate their rice into all meals and all courses – they even make it into desserts and snacks. This is where Puto comes in – known to many as a Filipino rice cake or rice muffin. It is made from rice flour, eggs, a dash of salt, sugar, evaporated milk and grated cheddar cheese on top, which is all placed in muffin molds and steamed. This snack comes in all types of colors and can be found in most Filipino parties and fiestas. Believe it or not, this bite-sized snack can be partnered with just about anything, but people commonly dip it in coffee or add a custard topping to transform its into a ‘puto flan’. There’s so much more to this small modest steamed rice cake than meets the eye.
Ube Halaya (Taro, sweet potato)
Ube in the Philippines is what matcha is to Japan – it’s a unique, loved and recognizable traditional flavoThereere are certain types of yam with a flavor that is close to vanilla, coconut, and white chocolate – it has recently caught on in the food industry. It’s rare kind to find an ingredient that gives off a natural purple color, and the well-loved sweet potato is famous in Asian countries. You can assure that at every Philippine dessert table there will be at least one tray or plate of ‘ube halaya’, made from boiled purple yams mashed together with coconut milk and evaporated or condensed milk, garnished with toasted coconut flakes or cheese. It can also be found in Halo-Halo and can be used in various ways such as a spread for bread, ice cream flavor, and even cake frosting.
Filipino Assorted Sweets
Cravings are sometimes hard to control – you never know when your need for sugar is going to hit and with these Filipino assorted sweets you can have your afternoon tea anytime of day. The most addictive of these sweet treats is A&A’s sweets and pastries, which you are guaranteed to never get tired of – chocolate crinkles, soft fudgy chocolate cookies enclosed with confectioneries but mostly powdered sugar, that come in small sizes to make you feel less guilty. But wait there’s plenty more! They also have coconut macaroons and boat tarts – both with a creamy and gooey texture that is great with hot tea and especially coffee.
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