Filipinos love their desserts and every great meal always ends with a sumptuous local homemade dessert which recipe has been passed on from one generation to the next. If you’re planning to visit this beautiful country in the coming days, make sure that you take note of these must try desserts in the Philippines.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Leche Flan by cbcastro
This is probably one of the favorites among locals. Leche Flan is made from egg yolk, milk and caramel. The secret to a creamy Leche Flan is with the right mixture of ingredients and of course, the proper way of mixing all the ingredients.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Ginataan by ijvibar
Coconut milk is used often in savory dishes and as well as in snacks and desserts. There are many variations of ginataan and among the most commons include; Ginataan Halo halo (Mixed fruits), Ginataang Mais (Glutinous Rice and Corn) and Ginataang Mungo (Glutinous Rice and Mung Beans).
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Banana Cue by raes_antics
Banana Que is deep fried banana (saba) with brown sugar. It’s a popular street food and one of the most commonly found in the streets of Manila. It’s also a favorite afternoon snack among locals.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Bukod Salad by blujeans2009
Any special occasion or family gatherings in the Philippines will never be complete without Buko Salad. It’s made from grated coconut, cream, condensed milk and a variety of fresh and sweetened fruits. All the ingredients are mixed together and then frozen to perfection.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Turon by danielygo
Turon is also a popular street food. It’s made from slices of banana which is wrapped in lumpia wrapper and then fried with brown sugar. Some turon has additional fillings like langka (jackfruit).
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Ube Halaya by dollierv
Ube Halaya is another local specialty which you may not find that often in some places due to the difficulty in cooking it. It’s made from purple yam, milk and sweetened with sugar.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Suman by bonyang26
Suman is basically glutinous rice wrapped in palm or banana leaves. There are so many variations of suman. One of the most common though is the plain one which is often dipped in white sugar. Some suman are not made from rice but other ingredients instead like cassava.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Buko Pandan by cricru
Buko Pandan is just like the Buko Salad, just replaced all the fruits with pandan flavored gelatin. It’s very simple but equally delicious dessert that you shouldn’t miss.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Kalamay by roland
Kalamay is probably one of the most diverse dessert category. Some are made from glutinous rice, cassava and other root crop. But the most popular include; sapin-sapin and biko.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Halo-halo by danielygo
Halo-halo used to be only available during summer but times have changed and you could find it anywhere and anytime. It’s not just the locals favorite dessert but foreign visitors also find it very delicious. It’s made from sweetened fruits, beans, shaved ice, milk and topped with ube halaya, leche flan and ice cream.