In every place you go, it is certain that there is a food specialty closely associated with that place. When you are given these delicacies as “pasalubong”, you are sure to have some wonderful memories of this place. Or if someone mentions these places, your taste buds seem to tingle every time with the memory of what delicacies and yummy treats you enjoyed there.
These goodies are meticulously prepared by the locals, and will be forever embedded in the memory every time you smell, hear, or taste anything that resembles it. One such place that has memorable goodies that will make your mouth water at the mere mention of the place or the delicacy is Bulacan.
Bulacan is known not only for its historic places, such as Barasoain Church and Biak na Bato, but is also famous because of their regional delicacies. Bulacenos are not only known for their savory taste buds but also their sweet tooth. It is one of the provinces in Region 3 that offers exquisite baked delicacies for you to enjoy and to bring home with you as pasalubong.
Here are some of the favorite baked goodies and pastries from this part of the Philippines:
Inipit – This is one of the locals and tourists’ favorite. It is an original guarded recipe by one of the families in Bulacan and was coined from the vernacular word to describe the pastry which is made from two layers of chiffon cake. In between the chiffon cakes is a sweet custard-like filling.
Malolos Ensaymada – This is one of the pastries Malolos, Bulacan is famous for. These are freshly baked breads rich in egg and are typically darker in color. They are topped with ducked egg, butter and cheese. This is one of the favorite pastries not only by locals but also by tourists visiting Bulacan.
Pan de Baliwag – Pan de sal is considered the most popular Filipino bread. Baliwag, a town in Bulacan, has a signature pan de sal recipe they are famous for. The dough is enriched with milk, butter and egg. Breadcrumbs give the pan de Baliwag its distinctive crunchy crust.
Biscocho de sebo, Corbata de sebo – Another delicious delicacy from Malolos is Biscocho de sebo. These are bowtie-shaped biscuits that have lard. These toasted biscuits do not taste too sweet.
Minasa – These are rectangular cookies made in Bustos, Bulacan. They are made using cassava flour (originally sago) with eggs and coconut milk. They said that these are products borne out of Spanish-inspired houses of the wealthy folks during the old times. It is an original food delicacy the rich exclusively prepared for their guests during the Spanish era. Now these are considered one of the favorite sweets from the region.