10 Ube Dishes You Need To Try
The local purple yam is going places!
(SPOT.ph) Ube has been making it big globally with restaurants all over the world coming up with ube-based dishes and desserts. Some would say that this local flavor is the new matcha, and while there’s just no getting over our green tea phase yet, we can’t deny that ube is the next big ingredient. Here, we round up 10 dishes that highlight this delectable purple yam.
Manam’s Bibingkang Ube (P120/small, P230/medium, P340/large)
A classic Filipino favorite, Manam makes their bibingka soft and creamy with ube and shaved coconuts laid on top. The sweetness of the ube blends with the salty kick of the rich salted eggs, creating an irresistible tug-of-war between salty and sweet.
BLK 513’s Wild Purple (P175/Dark Skim Cone, P185/Dark Skim Cup)
There's no mistaking the bright purple drizzle on BLK 513’s Wild Purple Dark Skim, which can only be attributed to ube. This frozen yogurt comes with your choice of cereal, cookies, fruit, and other toppings. It’s also one of the "healthier options" out there, so there’s no need to worry about extra calories. Go all out!
BLK 513 has branches at 2/F Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City; and 2/F Main Building, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City. Read more about BLK 513.
Anghelica’s Ube Leche Flan Cake (P500/eight-inch round cake)
Anghelica’s reinvents leche flan and ube into a two-layered masterpiece. The Ube Leche Flan may look rich and cloying, but you'll find that both elements are extremely light and velvety-smooth, making every bite more addictive than the last. The flavors are sweet—but subtle enough that it's not overwhelming.
For orders, contact Anghelica’s at 0917-725-6038.
Brownies Unlimited’s Ube Meringue (P35/piece)
These Ube Meringue balls from Brownies Unlimited are frosted with buttercream and buttercake crumbs—a crisp, airy, and delightfully sweet confection that melts in your mouth but retains the distinct ube flavor.
See a list of Brownies Unlimited locations.
Freezer Burn’s Baguio Ube and Coconut Stracciatella (P250 to P295)
Freezer Burn hops on the ube trend with their scene-stealing Baguio Ube and Coconut Stracciatella composed dessert. It's a delicious mess of rice crispies, coconut bits, and ube ice cream, served with warm cheese muffins on the side and a fluffy cotton candy cloud. It also comes in a milkshake version!
Freezer Burn is at G/F Q3, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. Read more about Freezer Burn.
Diner on 16th’s Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken and Ube Waffles (P249)
Chicken ube-waffles? Why not? A trip to Diner on 16th won’t be complete without sampling their best-selling Soy Ginger Glazed Ube Waffles. Slightly nutty, not-too-sweet, and also not-too-salty, this dish makes for a perfectly hearty breakfast you’ll be looking forward to once you’ve had a bite.
Diner on 16th is at 16 United Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Read more about Diner on 16th.
BONO Gelato’s Mango Ube Symphony (P150/single, P250/double)
This dense mango gelato is the rightful winner of the Gelato World Tour in Singapore held in March 2015. The nutty profile of real ube (not ice cream!) works well with the rum-soaked dried mango strips, creating a symphony of creamy, dense, and lusciously chewy mouthfuls.
Paper Moon Café’s Ube Mille Crepe (P225/slice, P2,000/whole)
We’ve always loved Paper Moon’s Original Mille Crepes, but their Ube Mille Crepes are noteworthy, too. This scrumptious homemade ube and fresh cream concoction is the ultimate purple dream. It’s made up of layers upon layers of thin crepes, glazed on top with macapuno, and finished off with a mountain of light ube chiffon crumbs on top.
Simple Lang’s Ube Pancakes (P150)
Simple Lang’s Ube Pancakes are anything but simple. This filling morning staple can easily be mistaken as dessert with its crispy coconut strips, coconut cream, a mound of sago, and a thick drizzle of ube sauce.
Simple Lang is at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Read more about Simple Lang.
13 Ubay’s Ube Piaya (P170)
The ube filling in 13 Ubay’s piayas are made from scratch, giving off that raw, naturally sweet, homemade appeal. They also took it up a notch by topping it with scoops of vanilla ice cream for an addictive hot-and-cold contrast.
13 Ubay is at 13 Ubay Street, Sta. Mesa Heights, Banawe, Quezon City. Read more about 13 Ubay.
Photos from BLK 513, Brownies Unlimited, Freezer Burn, Paper Moon Café, 13 Ubay, and SPOT.ph archives