Pandan Biko with latik (Filipino Sweet Rice Cake with pandan)

Ever since mum and I decided to make Friday “mother-daughter-cooking-day”, I have learnt a lot.  I have learnt how to make Pancit Palabok and Espasol.  It has also given myself and my mum much needed quality time together.  Most importantly, we do what we love the most, together.
This time we made Biko.  But no ordinary biko.  Pandan Pinipig Biko with Latik.  Now for the Non-Filipino readers, biko is a sticky rice cake made with glutinous rice, which is cooked in coconut milk and is topped with latik (fried coconut milk solids).  

Glutinous rice.

According to Wikipedia, glutinous rice is a short grain Asian rice.  It becomes very sticky when it is cooked.  It is used a lot in Filipino cuisine in not only sweets but also savoury dishes.  
To make our version of biko, it’s very simple.  In fact I was very surprised at how simple it is to make.

Cook the glutinous rice as you would normal long or medium grain rice. (about 5 cups)
Meanwhile, in a pan pour about  1 litre of coconut milk with about 1 cup of raw sugar

Once the sugar melts, add a few splashes of Pandan essence
Add the cooked glutinous rice to the pandan coconut mixture.
Add about 300g of Pinipig
 Stir till all the ingredients are incorporated.  You may add more coconut milk here, if you  think it needs it.

To make banana leaves plyable, place on open flame of the stove to soften a little.  Do it quickly till it changes colour being careful not to burn it.
Line a tray with the banana leaves
Spoon the rice mixture into the lined tray

Smooth out the rice and let cool.

Latik 

To make latik, pour about 2 litres of coconut milk in a pan.  Boil on medium heat  for 15 to 20 minutes.  It will first turn to oil, then solids will form.  This is what is used to top many sweets.  And frankly, I can’t get enough of the stuff.  It’s absolutely delicious.

Bon Appetite,
Cherrie

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8 thoughts on “Pandan Biko with latik (Filipino Sweet Rice Cake with pandan)

  1. Thanks for blogging about this! Some of us are still recovering from 'Gagang Lady' spoof with the litany of Filipino favorite meriendas!I, too, cannot get enough of latik. Love, love, love, (parang Lady Gaga) latik. I don't know why I haven't tried making it.Thanks again!

  2. AWESOME! Biko is my hands-down favorite Filipino dessert/treat (and also the reason I gained 10 lbs last Christmas). I really appreciate the photo tutorials, particularly for preparing the banana leaves and the latik. How I would love a some of this!I can't wait to see what other goodies you and you mom make for future mother-daughter cooking days. 8-)

  3. Wow lovely it is that you and your Mom have a bonding day – especially when it involves cooking! I do love the look of that latik – i can't believe it took you only 20 minutes to make – when I heat up my coconut milk it takes almost an hour! I must be doing something wrong! :)

  4. the recipe/food is so honest you'll go to heaven with just one bite. this makes me want to go to an asian market and harass a vendor there for sticky rice. i now dub thee Lady Miriendahihihihi!

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