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 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!
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.
Photo by Shena Ramos. Moryekos is the colloquial spelling for the Filipino delicacy Sumang Maruecos. Other spelling variations: Muriecos, Maruecos, Marruecos… This is one of the malagkit or “sticky” foods eaten during Undas (the holiday honoring the dead on November 1 and 2).