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Monday, February 9, 2009
mr. iggy found himself at Aling Kika's in Cainta, where the town's famous "bibingka" comes from.
there's a wall full of coco jam jars behind the counter. gingmaganda borrowed a jar for a photo op:
and the purpose of the visit:
yummy bibingka. bibingka is usually referred to as "rice cakes" but depending on where you are in the philippines, bibingka can take on many shapes and forms. here in cainta, bibingka looks like this:
the brown part is biko with latik (sticky rice with something only marketman can explain), the orange one is kutsinta and the white one is sapin-sapin (literally means "layer-upon-layer"). birthdays, christmases, new year's eves and other parties are not complete without bibingka from Aling Kika's. Filipinos believe that biko brings good luck to parties. the sticky rice dish makes people "stick" to one another too, injecting a sense of unity in a community. if one is to read this in a larger perspective, or in a metaphorical one, the biko has powers for nation-building, with rice being a staple food for Filipinos from north to south.
an added bonus when you visit their store are the various paintings on the wall. they are of ladies in traditional Filipiniana garb with a bilao of bibingka on top of their heads, ready to be sold to anyone who fancies a slice of the sweet rice cake treat. there is also a painting of the old Aling Kika's store when it was still a bahay-kubo ("nipa hut"). you can also get a peek into their "kitchen"--- where large ovens stand like sentinels and where all the bibingka goodness comes from. a larger-than-life image of the nazarene might also be seen should one of the main doors open, the ones in front of the bibingka counter.
to get your own Aling Kika's bibingka, their store can be found along A. Bonifacio Avenue in Cainta, Rizal, a few meters away from the municipal town hall. give them a ring at 63-2-655-00-29. they also have puto, atsara, peanut butter, and other sweets.
[cainta, rizal is also known as the "bibingka capital of the philippines."]