Where to Get Your Favorite Provincial Desserts in Metro ManilaOctober 20, 2019
The second best part of any out-of-town trip is coming home with bags of treats for both your home and for your friends. But bringing home or receiving pasalubong only happens occasionally—what happens when you’re craving for your favorite sweets from Cebu or Bacolod? In this directory, we round up some local businesses and restaurants that curb such nostalgic cravings.
1. Cebu’s Budbud Kabog
- Maribel Van Hoven serves budbud kabog fresh at the Legaspi and Salcedo markets. Her options include the plain budbud kabog at PHP 35 each or millet seeds cooked with coconut milk and sugar, plus a variation of the budbud kabog with coconut sugar at PHP 40 each. They also sell budbud mangga, budbud langka, budbud ube-langka, among others.
- Where to buy it: Maribel Van Hoven’s Budbud Gourmet Suman at the Legaspi Sunday Market (Herrera St. cor Legazpi and Salcedo V.A. Rufino St, Makati, Metro Manila) and at the Salcedo Saturday Market (Jaime C. Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila).
2. Bacolod’s Piaya, Napoleones, and Barquillos
- You can order one pack from Polland Hopia and have one order at Milkyway at the price range of PHP 100.
- Where to buy it: Polland Hopia (209 Escola Corner T. Yuchengco Streets, Binondo) and Milkyway’s branches at Power Plant Mall and Greenhills Shopping Center.
- No need to hoard packs of Napoleones as Roli’s sells half dozen orders at PHP 100 and one dozen at PHP 200; per piece orders are at PHP 17.
- Where to buy it: Roli’s Napoleones (Main Building Food Court, Lower Ground Level, SM North EDSA and at the Upper Ground Level, Building A, SM Megamall).
- Piaya is available in packs at most supermarkets, but you can have them fresh at the Salcedo Saturday Market.
- For those who live in the Manila area, stalls along Leon Guinto Street, Malate, Manila (beside BPI) and under the LRT Central Station, Taft Avenue prepare the piaya hot as well.
3. Laguna and Cavite’s Espasol de Leche
- Espasol is usually found in the nearby provinces of Laguna and Cavite, but you can also order a box from Dolor’s Kakanin’s Metro Manila branches in (1) Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City (2) KM18 West Service Road, Sucat, Parañaque City (3) G/F Unimart Supermarket, Greenhills, San Juan City
4. Quezon’s Yema Cake
Yema Cream Cake
- For a creamier take on an already decadent dessert, head over to Las Paellas and have their Yema Cream Cake at PHP 118.
- Las Paellas Café has 3 branches: (1) Second Floor, Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City (2) Second Floor, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City (3) Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque City
Rodilla’s Yema Cake
- You can have the authentic Yema Cake fresh from Quezon itself by ordering from Rodilla’s, a supplier that’s based directly in the dessert’s province of origin.
- Visit their Facebook page for more information, but you can also contact 0926-576-6794 for inquiries.
5. Pampanga’s Tibok-Tibok or Maja Blanca
- Abe serves maja blanca in sweet coconut cream at PHP 90. The restaurant has several branches across Metro Manila: (1) GF, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (2) 3rd Floor, Trinoma Mall, North Triangle, Quezon City (3) 3rd Floor, SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas (4) GF, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa (5) 2nd Floor, North Wing, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
- You can also grab an order of maja blanca from Dolor’s Kakanin’s Metro Manila branches in (1) Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Quezon City (2) KM18 West Service Road, Sucat, Parañaque City (3) G/F Unimart Supermarket, Greenhills, San Juan City
6. Davao’s Durian Ice Cream
- Durian may not be a favorite fruit among Filipinos, but you can have its more appetizing form in Fruits in Ice Cream‘s durian-flavored ice cream. Their store locations range from Makati, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Pasig, Taguig to San Juan.
7. Baguio’s Ube Halaya
- The Blue Kitchen sells ube halaya at PHP 245. (Level P1 Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City and Level 6 Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City)
- Café de Bonifacio serves Palitaw ni Islaw with Ube Halaya for just PHP 70. (5th Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas)
8. Batangas’ Buñuelos
- Aracama serves Buñuelos with Dulce Gatas at PHP 240, which adds a sweeter take to those warm fried pastry puffs. (The Fort Strip, 26th Street, Bonifactio Global City, Taguig City)