Philippines: Cafe Mary Grace Ensaymada and Hot Chocolate
January 23, 2016 10:58am CST
If you're meeting someone here in the Philippines especially for an afternoon snack, I suggest that you visit Cafe Mary Grace Restaurant inside SM BF Homes Mall, Paranaque City. They have their signature Ensaymada and Hot Chocolate pair. You can see the Spanish influence here in the Philippines with the foods eaten on a daily basis. According to Wikipedia, " The ensaïmada is a pastry product from Mallorca, Spain. It is a common cuisine eaten in most former Spanish territories in Latin America and the Philippines. The first written references to the Majorcan ensaïmada date back to the 17th century. At that time, although wheat flour was mainly used for making bread, there is evidence that this typical pastry product was made for festivals and celebrations." In Spanish it is spelled ensaimada, but its Filipino equivalent is spelled as ensaymada.
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23 Jan 16
Ensaymada is so common here that it could be found in every corner store bakery that i did not know it had Spanish colonial origins as for the chocolate especially if it's "tablea", it's definitely Spanish made from an antique "batidor" and "molinillo." then that's original. Yes that ensaymada on the picture is on the high end side, "special" as we Filipinos call it, I love the version with cheese. That place is just a few minutes drive from our house but never been to Mary Grace