Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ginataang bilo-bilo

alpajor in Navotas, Malabon, Laguna and in Metro Manila
ginataang bilo-bilo (gi-na-ta-áng bi-lo-bí-lo;Tagalog sweet) [n.] ground rootcrops and peanut with condensed milk cooked in coconut milk and sweetened with sugar. The root crop (such as kamote [sweet potato], cassava, yam, etc.) is washed, peeled and ground. The ground root crop is mixed with condensed milk and ground peanut (or peanut butter). The mixture is blended well to become like dough, then it is cut into tiny pieces and rolled in the palms to become tiny balls (the size of play marbles). The balls are then cooked in gata (coconut milk) and when boiling starts, brown sugar is added to sweeten the bilo-bilo It can be served hot or cold. It tastes like a mashed potato with yema (a candy made of condensed milk with egg yolk).

Photos show ginataang bilo-bilo using ube (purple wild yam). This one is sold at a food stall in Pateros in Metro Manila.



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