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Filipino Food: Ube (“Purple Yam”), the most iconic flavor of the Philippines.

  • Goldilocks Polvoron
    Goldilocks Polvoron
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Goldilocks is a Philippine bakeshop chain that manufactures and packages different flavors of pulburon. The Filipino word comes from the Spanish polvoron. Goldilocks calls it “shortbread cookies.” Goldilocks Canada has referred to polvoron as “Manila shortbread,” describing it as a “sweet mixture of toasted flour, milk, butter and sugar, that is then molded.”

  • Halayang Ube
    Ube Halaya
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Ube Halaya by Aizel_77.

    Also called halayang ube, this is a jam made from the Philippines’ favorite root crop, the purple yam locally called ube.

  • Purple Ice Cream
    Purple Ice Cream?
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Passionfruit? Grape? Honey Lavender? Nope!  Purple Ice Cream has to be none other than the UBE flavor of the Philippines!

    UBE (oo-beh) is Purple Yam… a root crop you dig from under the ground.

  • Stik-O Wafer Sticks of the Philippines
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Stik-O is a popular brand of chocolate-flavored wafer sticks in the Philippines. Recently, there have been newer flavors like ube, strawberry and coconut pandan.

  • Ube Kalamay Topped with Latik
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Featured image: Ube Kalamay Topped with Latik by Angie Pastor. For orders in the Metro Manila area, 09369815475. Kalamay is a confection made with glutinous-rice flour, coconut milk, and sugar. It’s been called “sticky rice cake” in English.

  • Boiled ube
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    A root crop used mainly in sweet preparations, ube is a favorite flavor of ice cream and for cakes and pastries. It is also added to halo-halo. The plant that bears ube has the scientific name Dioscorea alata. It has heart-shaped leaves.

  • Ube-Macapuno Cake
    Ube-Macapuno Cake
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Ube-macapuno cakes come in various shapes and sizes, but they all have it common the awesome pairing of two of the Philippines’ most favored flavors — ube (purple yam) and macapuno (special coconut). The cake in the photo is topped with macapuno strings!

  • Ube-Sinukmane
    Posted in: Filipino Snacks

    Photo by Leslie Bernarte of Special Ube-Sinukmane: “Layered ube and biko topped with cheese and latik.”

  • Carmen's Best Ice Cream: Ube flavor
    Carmen’s Best
    Posted in: Companies

    On the flight out of the country after his visit the Philippines, Pope Francis reportedly indulged in a pint of Carmen’s Best ice cream. Whether part of apocrypha or not, the story is a testament to the high esteem that Carmen’s Best enjoys in the country.

  • Bahay Pastulan Ube Jam & Snow Balls
    Bahay Pastulan
    Posted in: General Info

    Photo by Leslie Bernarte of Bahay Pastulan Ube Jam & Snow Balls.

    Bahay Pastulan is a store run by the Good Shepherd Sisters, a congregation of Roman Catholic nuns in the Philippines.

  • Sapin-Sapin: Filipino Delicacy
    Posted in: Recipes

    Sapin-sapin is a rice-based Filipino delicacy that comprises layers of glutinous rice and coconut. It is made from rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, water, and coloring, with coconut flakes sprinkled on top. Sapin-sapin means “layers” and this visual and gastronomic treat is recognizable for its layers, each of a different color.