“KAKANIN” or GLUTINOUS RICE PASTRIES

@SIMPLYD (46919)
Philippines
September 11, 2011 10:17pm CST
The Philippines is rich in its culture. One of the foods that’s part of our culture, are the “kakanins”, or those pastries made of glutinous rice. I specially like the kutsinta , but I think it’s not made of glutinous rice but just of rice flour. I like it topped with freshly grated coconut. I also like “biko”, glutinous rice made sweet by a local “matamis na bao”. I also like the suman with latik. Actually, it’s the latik (coconut milk with condensed milk ) that makes it so delicious. I like pairing them with pancit. (stir fried noodles). Do you have your particular "kakanin" guys?
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@jaiho2009 (36773)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
hello simplyD, Oh,I love the kakanin called "tungbo" in the Northern part of Luzon. I am not sure if you ever heard or you have same kind of kakanin in your place. The grind glutinous rice with brown sugar is stuffed inside a bamboo and then cooked like grilling fish or meat. Now,I miss it. have a good day jaiho®
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Oh,i have tasted that one, along the way as we travelled to Nueva Viscaya for a summer vacation. That one is very delicious too. Another Ilocano "kakanin" is the "tupig". You made me miss it too, Jaiho when you mentioned it.
@ybong007 (6660)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Tupig is good. My colleagues never fail to bring some whenever they are back from vacation up north. The only let down of "tupig" is you have to get used to eating the burnt banana leaves with it.
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
So ybong, you know tupig too? I guess, you are a food lover too!
@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Hi SIMPLYD! I love kakanin!!!! I love a lot of puto and that includes kutsinta, sapin-sapin, and others which I do not know the name. I love the kind of puto with cheese on top and added with coconut gratings. I definitely love biko!!! I'm not sure if we are talking about the same biko here but our biko is usually added with sugar and coconut gratings. They can be eaten as it is or mixed in champorado. And the, your suman is probably our sinukmane, the brownish kakanin with latik on top. I remember I saw a vendor who rode the same jeepney with me carrying his products which included sinukmane. I wanted to buy but he got off already before I can even decide on buying! Our suman by the way, is the cooked glutinous rice wrapped in coconut leaves either dipped in sugar or placed in a cup of hot chocolate.
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Your sinukmane is same with our suman with latik. And your suman is same with us too. See, how we love these kakanins! These foods are something that we should be proud of, because they are truly Fipino foods!
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@ckyera (17202)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
hi secret! You made me miss Laguna more! haha I think almost all kakanins in our place is just so great...actually whenever I visited our place, I make sure that I will have those kakanins aside from tilapia of course. Sinukamane...I really love it and the smell of latik is just so yummy! Sometimes I get confused with sinukmane and biko, coz here in Cebu whenever I saw biko it looks like sinukmane to me...minus the latik. And another thing that I like is the Bibingka with salted egg on top and some cheese and coconut gratings...yummy yummy! and also the "Suman na Balinghoy with Langka!"
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Yes SIMPLYD, we should really be proud of these native foods. Ckyera, biko is really different in other places. I mean, we have the same terms but we are talking about different things. I think in other places, suman is termed as biko. It's really confusing sometimes. Oh yes! I love that kind of bibingka, too! Christmas is fast approaching so I will be seeing that bibingka soon.
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@ybong007 (6660)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I like all those that you indicated in your list but biko is in the top of my list because all the "kakanins" you mentioned, it's the only one that I can prepare myself. You just need a "malagkit" coconut milk and brown sugar and you can already prepare a "biko".
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
You know what Ybong, i like biko so much, but i don't like cooking it. My upper arms would grow big by the constant stirring it needs. I like it , topped with cooked molasses or minatamis.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
You know what Ybong, i like biko so much, but i don't like cooking it. My upper arms would grow big by the constant stirring it needs. I like it , topped with cooked molasses or minatamis.
@ybong007 (6660)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
That's the only problem with Biko, that "Ukay" part. I guess that takes up a huge chunk of the process. But it doesn't matter, the smell and taste after it's cooked more than make up for it.
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@neildc (16907)
• Philippines
14 Sep 11
now this one is my favorite of all the recipes/food you have already discussed. i remember grandma used to tell story about me. while i was still a baby, they used to put me on the table while they are preparing biko, suman, and others. they said, even when the kakanins are not yet cooked or still hot from the oven, i would use my fingers to taste them. i used to be their food taster.
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
So you were a "kakanin" lover since you were small! Lucky you to have a family who can actually prepare kakanins. I love kakanins too, but i don't know how to cook them. I would usually buy them, or the caretakers of some of my famliy's land, would bring us some kakanins, they prepared.
@neildc (16907)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
yes and i miss them so much. though there are some who sells here, it's too far from what i grew-up with, made and prepared by my lola's loving hands.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
True neildc! Nothing beats the homemade ones. There is one ingredient that makes it so delicious indeed, it was done by a loving hand , so that the family members will really like it.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I do! I do! I do! My favorites are patopat, palitaw, kutsinta and sapin sapin. I don't know if people are familiar with the patopat (I don't know how it's called elsewhere) I think it's from the Ilocos-Pangasinan area. Glutinous rice wrapped with coconut leaves (I think) into squares and cooked with molasses (I think).
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I think, that's what we call suman in Latik. We put the molasses , which was cooked with coconut milk and a bit of condensed milk on top of the suman. I like that one very much too!
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I think suman is different, because I know that, but that is different. The patopat is big - maybe 4 inches x 4 inches (width and length) and about 1 inch think. I like suman, too. But, this patopat tops it! (All this food talk is making me hungry again! )
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
So, i think i haven't eaten patopat yet. Well, maybe it's because i haven't been to that place yet.
@jeztrose (1406)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
yumyum!! well kakanin is very popular here in philippines and now that christmas is coming kakanins are the one of foods that is commonly served and specially during misa de gallo kakanins are evrywhere.. the common kakanins are puto,suman,kutsinta and biko..
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Jeztrose, you forgot to mention the most famous kakanin during misa de gallo, the puto bumbong and bibingka! Although bibingka is not made of glutinous rice, it is still considered "kakanin" because its made of rice flour.
@jeztrose (1406)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
hahaha.. yeah right! i forgot to mention those since i kinda lose my thinking of those.. it get's me hungry and crave so much.. lol
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
I crave for them now. But there isn't any yet !
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
My father hails from Bulacan. And over there, kakanin is a big thing and almost a staple dessert item. But for the life of me, I'm not very fond of kakanin. If ever I will eat kakanin, I always stick to biko (but I don't like the "too-sweet" kind), and maybe some maja-blanca. I like suman too, but only the pale one, not the one with latik. My father, on the other hand, loves kakanin. All kinds! :D
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• Philippines
13 Sep 11
The most famous sweets of rice based desserts is the ampao (Rice crisps). It comes to a wide variety of shapes.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Lucky you miadsoriano, for not liking sweets in those kakanins. Me, when i eat suman , it has to have a brown sugar on top. Voracious, i think ampao is not a "kakanin". It is more of a pastry, in my opinion. However, ampao is a delicious treat too.
@jazel_juan (15774)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
I like the "palitaw" i even make it during weekends for me and the kids to eat! It is easy to make:) Aside from that i also love biko especially when it is still a bit hot. Wow SimplyD yesterday i responded a discussion you made also about food.. hahaah it is making me hungry!
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Wow, so you really could cook "kakanins" jazel. Frankly, i haven't cooked any "kakanins" yet, ever in my life. I only buy them. They are tedious to prepare that's why. So, i am amazed that you could do palitaw by yourself. I salute you for that! Hey, jazel, can you please pm me your palitaw recipe?
@bingskee (5242)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
i prefer kutsinta over bibingka. in fact, i love kutsinta more than any kakanin!
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Yes, kutsinta becomes more delicious when its topped with grated coconut. Yummy!
@chiwasaki (3595)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I like some "kakanins" like "kutsinta". I also like this "galapong" which has a sweet taste and very soft texture. I like most of our "kakanins" but what I don't like "buchi" and "pichipichi" at all. Your discussion makes me crave for these foods.
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Galapong? I think i don't know that one. Pichi-pichi, why do you not like it? It's delicious too for me. It's made of cassava actually, not glutinous rice, but it's still considered "kakanin" .
@Unah08 (672)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I always love to eat, and we're lucky enough to have a rich delicacies full of delicious and truly mouth-watering treats. In terms of "kakanin", I really love "bibingka" the one with the "Latik" on top. I also like "puto" (especially the ones from Calasiao), "kutsinta" with grated coconut on top, "suman" and "kalamay" from Pampanga. Now, I am hungry again thinking about those delicious "kakanin".
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Oh, i do like Kutsinta with grated coconut on top too! I could eat 5 of that in one sitting. Some "kakanins" of ours varies for each province. It's according to what has been the customary way of doing them actually. But the finished product is always something delicious!
@emjay86 (640)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I like binignit with glutinous rice. I like it. Personally, a kakanin? I like sapin-sapin. Chewy and tasty. My family loves it. I also like puto cheese. hehe..oh I like food. :)
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I think Filipinos love "kakanins" and foreigners who gets to taste them will surely love them too. Sapin-sapin, puto cheese, puto bumbong, bibingka, biko . . . . makes me want one now.
@whengcat (1458)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I grew up eating "sinukmane" or "biko" and suman with coco jam or "matamis na bao", as my father loves to cook this especially during holiweek and all saint's day. I also like "sapin-sapin"
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I think, most of us loves "kakanin", however they are made. They are one of our food trademarks. Pinoy na Pinoy ika nga.
@pahak627 (3806)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Condensed milk and coconut milk, I have not done that yet. Our latik here is only made up of brown sugar and coconut milk. I'll try that. The most that I like is the "puto maya". It is cooked by mixing white sugar, coconut milk, glutinous rice and a little ginger juice.
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Ginger juice? So, does that make it a bit tangy or spicy?
12 Sep 11
hi:) I like biko too and puto, but my favorite is the puto bumbong, haha actually that's what I miss about simbang gabi:D I like to partner it with goto or pancit also will do. YUM!... hehe this post makes me crave for that kind of food:D
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@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Hmm, so you too like biko ! But you know, i am not fond of puto. It's so ordinary to me. But puto bumbong , i like that one too, very much. Don't worry, we will be tasting one soon. Makes me hungry now too.
• China
12 Sep 11
I have never heard of kakanins before.I guess perhaps it is a kind of rice cake or dessert made of glutinous rice.I like sweet dumplings made of glutinous rice floor very much.It is indispensable to the Lantern festival-the 15th of the Ist lunar month here.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
yes, those sweet Chinese dumplings and moon cakes are the counterparts of our Filipino "kakanin". They are delicious too and i like them, specially the moon cakes.
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• China
12 Sep 11
I am so glad that you are on line and make response so quickly.It so happens that today is just the Mid-autumn Festival (15th day of the 8th lunar month),We all eat the moon cakes.The moon cakes symbolize family reunion and everything being after one's own heart.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Usually, moon cakes are plentiful during the celerbrationof Chinese New Year. They are of different flavors already.
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• United States
12 Sep 11
I have no clue about all the food you mentioned, but you make it sound so delicious! If I can find a Phillipine Restaraunt, do you think they serve any of those? Everyone has such nice sounding foreign food, I really need some Phillipine friends who could cook some for me. Maybe if I had one, we could take turns cooking for each other!
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Some Filipino restaurants in America serve rice based desserts so just ask them.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Yes, i think voracious is right. Just ask for kutsinta, bibingka, pichi-pichi, sapin-sapin , puto among others. You could ask them too for suggestions of what are the most delicious ones. Surely , you would like them all.
@wrangel15 (1444)
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
I like biko and suman. I obviously like sweet kakanins. It's just funny that we have so many varieties and different names to those kind of foods: biko, puto, kutsinta, suman, bibingka, latik, tupig, etc. and yet it only has one name on the English language which is rice cake :)
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
And for us , we call them all "kakanins". Whenever someone mentions that, the first thing that comes into my mind though are biko and kutsinta, because they're my most favorites .
@voracious (624)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Yes our country is rich in rice recipes like aroz valenciana, paella, okoy, puto, kalamay and so much more. They are rich in carbohydrates and glucose which gives us an extra energy. Of course I eat many rice recipes depends on the occasion.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
Voracious, what i am trying to point out are the "kakanins" , those sweet delicacy made of "malagkit " or rice flours. I am sure you are fond of them too, such as the kutsinta and sapin-sapin.
@louievill (7818)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I think "kakanin" made from all kinds of rice not just glutinous is part of Philippine culture and the romance that comes with it. You will not find a single place in the Philippines that does not have a version of a rice snack or dish, think this is because of our "rice culture" similar to our Asian neighbors where we hold rice at a high esteem and even treating it sacred. I love all kinds of kakanin and every time I travel in any part of the country, I see to it that I get to taste what kakanin it has to offer and try to remember the name.
@SIMPLYD (46919)
• Philippines
13 Sep 11
That's true. Because rice is indigenous in our country , we make a lot of "kakanins" with each province's version. But however way they are made, they all are delicious and something to look for for every province, that have their own version.