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Made simply with carabao's milk and sugar, pastillas de leche is a time-honored Pinoy delicacy most of us grew up enjoying. Look up its origin and the stories will lead you to a town called San Miguel in Bulacan, where carabao-breeding farmers made these scrumptious milk morsels at home.
The process begins with boiling its star ingredients until a creamy mixture forms and thickens, or until "tostado," when the milk paste's color sports a nice, caramel-colored hue. Then, they're molded by hand into bite-sized candy, rolled in sugar, and wrapped delicately in pabalat or handcrafted paper (and these days, in colorful cellophane wrappers). Though pastillas de leche is the pride of provincial towns like Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Laguna, you don't have to go that far to get your fix. Here, our favorites from the metro.
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Photos by Monica Barretto