Bibingka & Pastillas

Bibingka is another favorite Filipino treat made from rice. It’s somehow related to puto but it’s very different in taste and texture. It’s made with galapong, glutinous rice soaked in water then ground with the water to form the batter.

The batter is poured into a mold lined with banana leaves and baked in a special oven like this.

Several brands of mini bibingka have sprouted around town but my favorite is Waray-Waray Bibingkahan which I buy in Market Market. The special bibingka has slices of salted duck egg in it.

I like their bibingka because it’s rich and spongy in texture unlike the others which simply taste like pancake. The size is just right for a quick snack or an after dinner dessert.


box of 8 minus 1 special bibingka
The instructions on the box says microwave for 8 seconds but from my experience if it comes from the refrigerator you’ll need to zap it for at least 20-30 seconds. It keeps as long as a week in the refrigerator but I honestly doubt this will not be devoured as soon as you bring it home.
Right across the bibingkahan kiosk is J & C where you can buy the best pastillas and lengua de gato.
iya's pastillas
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Pastillas de Leche (milk candy) is made from milk and sugar that is boiled until thick. The resulting paste is then rolled into small logs, rolled in sugar and wrapped in paper.

One of the best pastillas is Iya’s jumbo pastillas. Iya’s pastillas are very soft and fresh when you buy it. If you want to extend it’s life you can put them in the freezer. Just let it thaw or you can even toast it for a few seconds to get a crisp exterior and a soft creamy interior.
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24 pieces of pastillas for P 280
Sitting beside the pastillas in a yellow box is a container of lengua de gato or cat’s tongue. Lengua de gato are simply cookies made of butter, sugar, flour and eggs. Not all lengua de gato are equal. Some use inferior butter or even margarine which results in thick and hard cookies. These lengua de gatos use very good butter which you can taste in every bite. They are thin and very crisp. I stay away from these because once I start I can’t stop eating them.
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lengua de gato P 320/tub
Waray-Waray Bibingkahan
Market! Market!
26th St. cor. C5
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila
telephone: 807-9459

other branches:
SM Southmall , Las Pinas City
Festival Supermall, Muntinlupa City
Landmark, Trinoma, Quezon City

Iya’s Jumbo Pastillas
J&C Fruits Stall
#18 Market! Market!
26th St. cor. C5
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila
telephone: 729-0325

7 thoughts on “Bibingka & Pastillas

  1. I LOVE BIBINKA IT’S MY FAVORITE AFTERNOON SNACK I AM FROM TACLOBAN AND WHENEVER I GO MANILA I ALWAYS BUY IN WARAY-WARAY BIBINGKAHAN!!! IT”S SO DELICIOUS!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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