BF Now Has Beignets Worth the TrekAugust 13, 2015
I’m obsessed with doughnuts. I think doughnuts deserve to be more prominent in Manila and should be a trend resurrected soon. Who doesn’t love fried or baked things? Sweet treats? An epic combination of both? We need more malasadas, buñuelos, bear claws. We need more large mounds of fried dough filled with all sorts of custards, creams, and jams, which are over-glazed and over-sprinkled.
The way we’re often alerted to good eats is through Instagram, and when we were scrolling through, a photo taunted us—beignets in Manila. We needed to find out where these things were, and if they were as good as they looked. These beignets, both in green tea and chocolate, were coming out of Kapeng Mainit’s kitchen, a tiny coffee shop in an overtly-obscure part of BF, which sold barako coffee and a few café-style dishes.
The place is seriously hard to find, and mildly impossible to go to. Food is pretty good—including an adobo chicken with a thick sauce reminiscent of mole—and cheap even for the area. But the beignets (and desserts in general) are worth at least one trek here. There is a crowd-pleasing freshly-baked cookie skillet where you can decide between flavors like calamansi, super fudge chunk, and matcha, which is as good as you’ll get anywhere, and deeply satisfying.
But, damn those beignets! They are so good—why the hell do they have to be so far? Slightly doughy, slightly airy, these little pockets have such great consistency. Covered in way too much powdered sugar (which, in our case, is the perfect amount), these things are filled to the brim with a beautifully grassy matcha liquid center, or alternatively, a slightly bitter and dark chocolate ganache. May these things jumpstart Manila’s future donut infatuation.