Metro Manila · Filipino Desserts & Pastries

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Desserts and pastries are among the most sinful words in the food business. Want to try some of the best sweet delicacies in the Philippines? Take a look at this list of Pinoy desserts and pastries – and just cross them off one by one.

Leche Flan

A mixture of egg yolks, milk, and sugar, this creamy and rather irresistible dessert traces its origins from Spain and France. While its origins are foreign, Filipinos have made it their own. In fact, it is served in most Filipino gatherings and celebrations.

Napoleones

While Bacolod is famous for its piyaya and its chicken inasal, the city has a little known dessert that will make your mouth water –Napoleones. According to historians, Napoleones traces its origins from Naples. This is a delectable puff pastry layered with custard cream and sprinkled with caster sugar.

Buko Pie

A favorite dessert in the southern part of Luzon, buko pie is a pie filled with coconut, milk, and sugar.

Puto

While puto is a bad word in Spanish, the Filipino meaning of the term is far from the Spanish version. This rice muffin is a sweeter version of the rice cakes from other Asian nations. The recipe for puto includes milk, sugar, and rice flour. It is often baked or steamed and topped with grated coconut flesh, cheese, or salted egg.

Kutsinta

Whenever one goes out in the streets of Manila, one would often see puto vendors and more often than not, they also sell kutsinta. This is a brown gelatin-like dessert made from rice often served with toasted coconut flesh.

Bibingka

This Filipino rice pudding used to be sold only during Christmas time but nowadays, one can find bibingka in many shops that sell Filipino desserts. It is a sweet and creamy dessert often eaten as a snack in the Philippines.

Ube Halaya

Purple yam is kind of weird because, well, it’s purple. But don’t judge a book by its cover because this Philippine dessert is one of the creamiest, tastiest, and possibly most sinful desserts in the country. Ube Halaya is purple yam mixed with sugar and milk. If you cannot find one in the Metro, you can try the Ube jam version sold in native shops.

Brazo de Mercedes

Brazo de Mercedes is like a Swiss roll without the flour, making it very delicate. It is bursting with sweetness and loaded with calories. Don’t be afraid of the calories though because this dessert is a must-try.

Halo-Halo

A famous Filipino dessert often served during the sweltering summers of the Philippines, halo-halo is a crushed ice drink with milk, sugar, and a selection of local fruits.

Ginataan

Often served during the rainy season, ginataan is likened to a soup version of the halo-halo. Popular in the Philippine countryside, this comfort food is usually served as an afternoon snack.