Photo of Special Tikoy by Angie Pastor
For the Chinese New Year holidays in the Philippines, tikoy is the most popular treat given and eaten. It is made from sticky rice that is ground into flour and then mixed with lard, water and sugar. White sugar give us white tikoy, brown sugar… brown tikoy. And there are now also ube and pandan flavors as well.
Pandesal is a type of Filipino bread that’s slightly sweet and baked as small, oval loaves.
The word comes from the Spanish noun phrase pan de sal.
Pandesal is the most popular bread in the Philippines. Vendors sell them warm in the early morning for breakfast. People usually buy a dozen or so in a thin brown paper bag.