Sunday, August 19, 2012

Antonio's Coffee+Bibingka

What is Bibingka?

Bibingka is a Philippine rice cake that is usually eaten during Christmas season. This is usually being sold in wooden kiosk outside church. Bibingka is usually paired with Puto Bumbong, glutinous rice cooked in bamboo tubes and colored with purple coloring. During Simbang Gabi in the Philippines, these two delicacies sell like pancakes as early as 4 o’clock in the morning.

Today you don’t need to wait for the Christmas season to taste them because there is already ANTONIO’S Coffee + Bibingka, this is actually the first store that I know that made Bibingka available to people who shop every day at malls.

During the SM Megamall Food Sale, I was able to try all three variants of Bibingka that Antonios’s offer to foodies out there. They all have the same ingredients; the only difference among the three is the cheese they use as topping to each Bibingka variant.

Original uses Kesong Puti (Med P95, Big P105)

Special uses salted egg and plain cheese (Small P25, Med P75, Big P95)

Super Special uses Queso de Bola (Med P85, Big P105)

The soft and spongy texture is what I love most in Bibingkas. The cheese, coconut and sugar toppings make this delicacy much more special than it is. I would also recommend eating this while it’s hot, after it is freshly made. My favourite among the three is the Special though they used plain cheese.

I love the creaminess and fluffiness of the Bibingka, it is also made sweet and tasty because of the niyog (coconut shavings) and muscovado sugar that tops the Bibingka with cheese. The medium size is already good for two and I bet the Big is already good for 3-4 already.

During the SM Megamall Food Sale, Antonio’s treated it’s shoppers with 1 medium hot choco, salabat or tea with every 1 big super special or original Bibingka. Antonio’s Bibingka is best paired with their brewed coffee but I like how the hot choco tablea compliments each other’s sweetness. They also have colds drinks, they have different frappe flavors.

Ever wondered how Bibingka is made?

The traditional preparation is time consuming, but basically you mix all the ingredients (rice flour, eggs, and milk) place in a pan and then cook it inside the oven.

Antonio’s Coffee + Bibingka is strategically located at the 5th floor Bridgeway in SM Megamall.

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