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.
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.”
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!
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.