The Dreamiest Bibingka Cheesecakes That'll Have You on a Sweet-Salty High
The robust flavors of the classic rice cake, made velvety and creamy.
(SPOT.ph) We’re fast approaching December, which means it’s the time of the year to eat bibingka—and though the Filipino rice cake in its original state is always a treat, it goes to even more decadent heights in the spinoff dessert known as bibingka cheesecake. As the name suggests, this dessert generally involves cheesecake flavored a la bibingka—and though they’re an unlikely pair, they come together into a swoon-worthy treat that’s got all the richness of the former, and the salty-sweet-robust taste characteristic of the latter. Looking to get your fix in Manila? These spots have you covered.
These excellent versions of bibingka cheesecake would make great additions to your Christmas spread:
Chika from Deli by Chele
In the Chika (P960/6.5 inches)—yup, that’s short for cheesecake plus bibingka—Deli by Chele’s Chef Carlos Villaflor pays homage to his love for the Filipino rice cake plus his experience traveling to, and training in, the Basque region. It takes slightly after the Basque burnt style of cheesecake with its crustless makeup, subtly sweet and silky interior, and lightly browned top—but also exudes a smoky aroma from the banana leaves encasing it, while shavings of cured egg yolks and pili nuts on top make for a salty, umami contrast. Simply order through Deli by Chele’s website.
For orders, visit Deli by Chele’s website.
Bibingka Cheesecake from Dulcet Delights
Manila City-based Dulcet Delights is best known for their cookies, but if you’re up for a more indulgent dessert, don’t miss their Bibingka Cheesecake (P1,200). It’s the kind that exudes an earthy aroma as you open the box, and delivers dreamy bites with salted duck egg, kesong puti, and coconut cream mingling with its cheesecake base. It’s charred a tad on top, making for a rustic look and robust flavor. You can message them on social media to get your fix.
Bibingka Cheesecake from Wildflour
If you love the dense, creamy character of New York cheesecake and would like to sample it with bibingka flavors in the mix, then Wildflour’s Bibingka Cheesecake (P325/slice, P2,600/whole) will definitely please. It’s on the rich and indulgent side with a distinct coconut-y note that’ll keep you hooked! Banana leaves on the edge contribute smokiness, plus it’s topped generously with salted egg, cheddar, and coconut flakes for added Filipino flair. This is available through their delivery website, Wildflour To-Go.
For orders, visit Wildflour To-Go’s website.
Bibingka Cheesecake from Rosa Dela Kitchen
From its nutty coconut graham crust to its toppings of grated cheese and coconut, Quezon City-based shop Rosa Dela Kitchen’s Bibingka Cheesecake (P1,350/seven inches) delivers bibingka-style goodness through and through. It’s got a lush coconut cheesecake with salted egg to reinforce that salty-sweet, nutty, creamy character that'll keep you hooked! Go ahead and hit up their DMs to try it for yourself.
For orders, send a message to Rosa Dela Kitchen’s Instagram page.
Bibingka Burnt Cheesecake from Urban Kitchen MNL
Basque burnt cheesecake meets Filipino flavors in Urban Kitchen MNL’s Bibingka Burnt Cheesecake (P675/six inches). This dessert gives you the robust flavor of the rice cake in a smooth and creamy medium, with coconut milk and rice flour in their cheesecake base. It’s wonderfully then topped with salted eggs, adding umami character to the beautifully browned top and adding complexity to this rich and dreamy dessert. You can message them on social media, mobile, or Viber to place an order.
Bibingka Cheesecake with Salted Egg and Keso De Bola from Bibingkinitan
Though they're best known for their bite-sized bibingka, Bibingkinitan is going big this Christmas as they've launched their own take on the rice-cake cheesecake hybrid, the Bibingka Cheesecake with Salted Egg and Keso De Bola (P450)! It go for a no-frills presentation as it's served in a foil tray, but delivers salty-sweet bliss with its combo of a light cheesecake base, salted eggs, and good ol' queso de bola for a welcome sharpness. You can easily place your orders on their website.
Bibingka Cheesecake from Le Sucre Lab
For easy gifting, you can try Le Sucre Lab’s Bibingka Cheesecake (P235/mini, P695/regular) which—as with their famous Dream Cakes—comes in cans for easy storage. No-frills presentation aside, you get a decadent treat inside, with a smooth layer of cheesecake on a biscuit base. Its topped is lightly browned, similar to bibingka—and it comes topped with savory, umami-rich salted egg slices to boot! Sure doesn’t hurt that you can conveniently get your fix via GrabFood.
For orders, find Le Sucre Lab on GrabFood. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Bibingka Souffle Cheesecake from 617 Avenue
Pasig purveyor 617 Avenue ingeniously crosses over souffle cheesecake—the style of cheesecake popular in Japan for its feather-light texture yet rich taste—and bibingka in the Soufflé Cheesecake Bibingka (P499/six inches)! This is the kind of dessert that’s delicate and airy at the onset yet unveils its creaminess as it melts on the tongue, leaving behind a salty-sweet profile thanks to salted egg and cheese. You can reach out to their social media pages for orders.
Bibingka Cheesecake from Max’s Corner Bakeshop
For the holidays, Max’s Restaurant’s baked-goods leg has come out with a special line of cheesecakes in distinctly Filipino flavors—one being the Bibingka Cheesecake (P424)! Their version comes in a foil tray and has a just-rich-enough cheesecake on a layer of vanilla chiffon, topped with salted eggs and wrapped in banana leaves. Just visit Max’s delivery website to get your fix.
For orders, visit Max’s delivery website.
Bibingka Cheesecake from Fleur Cheesecakes
Residing in the South and in need of your bibingka-cheesecake fix? Fleur Cheesecake has got your back as they’ve got branches in Muntinlupa and BF Homes! Their drool-worthy version of the dessert (P850/six inches, P1,100/eight inches) is wonderfully charred on the outside yet creamy as can be within, with a toasted coconut biscuit crust plus a cheesecake filling with salted egg, coconut cream, and cheddar cheese plus a topping with caramelized condensed milk for added richness. Go ahead and message them on social media to try it yourself.
Bibingka Cheesecake from A Taste of Manna
For a melt-in-the-mouth dessert that delivers the full-on flavor of bibingka, A Taste of Manna’s Bibingka Cheesecake (P400/six inches, P950/nine inches) has got your back. It’s lighter than most, but nonetheless impactful as it’s got a hearty helping of salted egg slices, grated cheese, and even roasted budbod for crunch! This online seller is based in Cavite, but also takes orders for delivery to certain areas of the Metro on selected dates; just keep your eyes peeled on their social media pages, and send them a message to order.
Special Mention: Chichingka from Haliya
Haliya is City of Dreams Manila’s newest Filipino dining spot and you don’t want to miss their signature dessert, the Chichingka (P400). Wrapped in banana leaves, this bibingka-cheesecake hybrid gets its savory-sweet-nutty profile from salted eggs, cheese, and grated coconut! This is only available for dine-in as its souffle-esque texture doesn’t take very well to delivery, but it’s well worth paying the restaurant a visit for.
Haliya is at City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Boulevard Corner Macapagal Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City.
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