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Sweet Biko

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Biko is a Filipino rice cake made from sticky rice (locally known as malagkit), coconut milk, and brown sugar. Like other rice cakes, this is referred to as kakanin (derived from the word “kanin” which means rice) and is often eaten as dessert or meryenda (mid-afternoon snack). Traditionally, this delicious rice cake is placed over banana leaves in a bilao (round weaven bamboo tray) and garnished with latik (cooked coconut milk residue) on top. In addition, Biko is served during special occasions such as birthday parties, family reunions, and town fiestas. Try this simple yet delicious Biko recipe.
Ingredients
  Glutinous rice 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Aka Sticky Rice Or Malagkit)
  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Brown sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Coconut milk 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

1. Combine the sticky rice and water in a rice cooker and cook until the rice is ready (we intentionally combined lesser amount of water than the usual so that the rice will not be fully cooked)
2. While the rice is cooking, combine the coconut milk with brown sugar and salt in a separate pot and cook in low heat until the texture becomes thick. Stir constantly.
4. Once the rice is cooked and the coconut milk-sugar mixture is thick enough, add the cooked rice in the coconut milk and sugar mixture then mix well. Continue cooking until all the liquid evaporates (but do not overcook).
5. Scoop the cooked biko and place it in a serving plate then flatten the surface.
6. Share and Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Filipino
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Steamed
Interest: 
Holiday
Ingredient: 
Brown Sugar
Restriction: 
Low Cholesterol
Servings: 
8
This video is in Filipino.

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3 Comments

STIN's picture
I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE RECIPE SINCE IT SAID, ADD SALT TO THE COCONUT-SUGAR MIXTURE. MY HUSBAND DIDNT LIKE IT SINCE THE SWEETNESS OF THE FOOD WAS DESTROYED BY THE SALT. " THE TASTE IS NEITHER HERE NOR THERE"
Samina.Tapia's picture
Hi Stin, try making it again but this time, instead of adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt, just add a small pinch or omit it completely. Some people like it a little bit sweet and salty. If your husband did not like that salty tinge to the biko, don't add salt next time.
Jona's picture
i put a pinch of salt every time i cook anything with coconut, milk, egg together..coz it will neutralize the sweetness of my batter...i dunno but its already a habbit for me and i feel that'\s important to do so.