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Aling Emma

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Aling Emma in her daster

For years I would buy espasol, bibingka, and most frequently the Pinatuyuan sa Gata freshwater shrimps viand from Aling Emma. Her shack of a shop is in Pagsanjan, Laguna along the main highway in the poblacion. One day the shop was gone from the old location. Then, months later I was able to locate her to this new one, still in the poblacion and not that far from the original one. It’s still a shack, which I like. I’m just truly glad that there’s still Aling Emma and her tiny food shop, my favored stop in Laguna.

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Espasol, suman, tikoy, vinegar in soft drinks plastic bottle containers, fish crackers, shing-a-ling, chicharon, etc.

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Assortment of rice cakes and the pinatuyuang hipon sa gata (inside those stypor containers at the upper left side)

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Pickled vegetables

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The gateway to Aling Emma’s shop

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The Making of Puto Maya

I chanced upon this guy steaming glutinous rice and about to make puto maya in Carbon Market. Here’s a photo narration in the right sequence of this guy’s method in making puto maya.

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Steam the glutinous rice (bugas pilit) al dente in the caldero

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In a sando plastic bag covered hand, use plastic plate to transfer the steamed pilit into a tub

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Prepare a mixture of coconut milk (gata) and sugar with salt

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Pour the gata onto the cooked pilit

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Mix well the gata with the cooked pilit using the versatile plastic plate

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Put the well mixed pilit back in the caldero

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After putting everything back, steam again until fully cooked. From what I gather from the guy’s conversation with another person, this puto maya was ordered for a wake

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A jolly puto maya vendor in Carbon Market. Another type of glutinous rice for this one known locally as tapol. My favorite

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Got some puto maya from the jolly vendor

Unidentified Kakanin in Japan

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Not far from mochi taste at all

Looks like Philippine kakanin (rice cake) with its sticky rice and unidentified leaf packaging. However, it has bean paste filling which is very common in traditional confections of Japan.

Tricolor Rice Eats

Rub-a-dub-dub, three sticky rice thing in a tub.
And what do you think they were?

This lady vendor in Prambanan Temple Compound has three appealing variations of sticky rice snack where the texture and taste are similar to a couple of glutinous rice based kakanin in the Philippines.
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The purple one taste like puto maya while the pink one looks like an odd-shaped mochi with no filling (I was too full of the purple and green stuff to try this one, and its color isn’t natural that’s why).
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The green thing that’s more visible in the photo below taste like suman sa lihiya but presented in tiny square bite size.

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Sticks as utensil and banana leaf as plate

Whichever color you’d choose, they’ll be served with that latik at the center of the tub (sugar-coconut syrup), and garnished with grated coconut meat.

Rice Cake Oven Cart

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A cart with oven means fresh and hot bibingkas (rice cake)

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Oven container for each rice cake. That's the batter in the blue tub

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Charcoal fueled oven

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This oven cart has a chimney!

Bibingka Oven

A perfect bibingka is superior to any perfect pancakes out there. Whatever fruit, sauce or filling one can add to a pancake, the same can be done to a bibingka but resulting into a far more superior hot cake in taste minus the horrendous price.

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Live charcoals in that square tin pan covering the clay pan where you put the bibingka batter in banana leaf and this is placed on top of clay stove also fueled with live charcoals. Presenting the rice cake oven

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The avocado leaf-pandan leaf tea inside that kettle on the left side is given for free as an accompaniment to the rice cake

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Bibingka still in a pan. I'm happy that this unpretentious stall exist

Calasiao Puto

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Tiny steamed rice cakes where a kilo of it in Lingayen public market is cheaper than in the stalls in Calasiao town

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Calasiao puto is the only kakanin I know that is sold by weight

Rice Cake Cupcake

Also known as bibingka.
There are quite a number of variations of bibingka all over the country and this is just one of those.

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Banana leaf as cupcake liner instead of the usual paper in normal cupcakes

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Mini bibingka in Jaro

Puto (Rice Cake)

Usually this type of rice cake does not have packaging, but in Iloilo it is wrapped in banana leaves. I have seen locals pair this with batchoy.

it looked dense and it really is

It looked dense and it really is

Wrapped puto

Wrapped puto

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