(SPOT.ph) Is it even really a Filipino Christmas without bibingka? The Filipino rice cake’s popularity has yet to wane even through all the years. You can even find it in different forms: as pancakes, waffles, mamon, and now, as a light and delicate cheesecake by Gallery by Chele. Formerly served at the restaurant as one of their petit-fours but having become so popular that customers insisted it be available for separate orders, the Bibingka Cheesecake (P600/six pieces) packs the flavors of traditional Filipino bibingka in Japanese cheesecake form—perfect after a hearty meal this holiday season.
Following Filipino tradition, Chef Chele Gonzalez shares that they commit to the practice of using rice flour, cooking in a banana leaf, and using a charcoal oven, giving the cheesecakes the smoky, nutty flavor the rice cake is known for but in the much lighter, mousse-like body. It’s then topped with salt-cured egg yolks for that salty-sweet contrast Filipinos love, and grated pili nuts for extra butteriness. Chef Gonzalez also shares that they’ll be launching the cheesecake as part of a standalone concept Chi-ka next year, but why wait? Limited quantities are available for now—just be sure to place your orders a day before you plan to pick them up.
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