13 of Manila’s Best Reinvented Filipino Desserts


Pinoy desserts 2.0!

Filipino creativity at its finest is what best describes this list. These desserts ultimately aim to offer familiarity with a few surprising touches just to keep us on the edge of our seats and have its own unique identity–one that hopefully resonates well with foodies.

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It’s a hit and miss when it comes to new dishes, but here are a few hybrids that have received enough attention to be noticed. We’re showing a ‘BEFORE AND AFTER‘ look of the desserts we’ve all grown loving. If you still haven’t tried all of them, we suggest you do so. Save these restaurants to your ‘Must Try’ or ‘Favorites’ lists in the Booky app!

Puto Bumbong

Another sought after delicacy during Christmas season, Puto Bumbong is a purple-colored, steamed glutinous rice cooked in bamboo and served with muscovado sugar, margarine and shredded coconut.

Puto Bumbong with Buco Jelly – Neil’s Kitchen

Another one of Neil’s Kitchen’s unique dessert creations is their Puto Bumbong with Buco Jelly and Toasted Coconut.

Puto Bumbong

Also check out: Lia’s Cakes in Season‘s Puto Bumbong Cupcake, Early Bird Breakfast Club‘s Puto Bumbong Pancakes (seasonal).


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Lot C701-704, Westgate Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 771-1334

Chocnut 

Way back when life was more laid-back and all we had to worry about was doing our homework, we all enjoyed a couple of sweets here and there, and there were a few candies we’re all guilty of buying at the nearest sari-sari stores. Some of these are Choc-Nut, X.O, MikMik, Monami, Butter Ball, Flat Tops, La-La and Haw Haw.

Chocnut Torte – Florabel

Florabel is a Western-Filipino restaurant serving a mix of both cuisines. Both their Quezo de Bola Cheesecake and Chocnut Torte are picture-perfect desserts you’d want to take several photos of for your Instagram feed. 

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Also check out: The Baker’s Table‘s Butter Ball Caramel Cake, Cerchio‘s Chocnut Cake, Romulo Cafe‘s Chocnut Ice Cream, Crisp on 28th‘s Chocnut Frappe, Moonshine PUB‘s Chocnut Cheesecake


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G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave cor. Shaw Blvd, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 667-3220

Turon

Turon, or also known as Lumpiang Saging, are deep-fried banana or jackfruit rolls, duster with sugar, and often eaten as merienda or dessert.

Turon con Leche – Locavore

Serving reinvented dishes partnered with French techniques, Locavore prides itself to use mostly organic ingredients in all of their dishes. While you’ve probably seen photos of their mouthwatering Sizzling Sinigang, their Turon con Leche is a must-try dessert.

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Also check out: Kanin Club‘s Turon KC ala mode, Unit 27 Apartment Bar+Cafe‘s 3-way Turon, 7107 Culture+Cuisine‘s Chocnut Turon


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Quezo de Bola

Also known as Edam cheese, is shaped like a sphere and coated with red wax. It is usually served during Christmas season, especially during Noche Buena.

Quezo de Bola Cheesecake – Florabel

Florabel is a Western-Filipino restaurant serving a mix of both cuisines. Both their Quezo de Bola Cheesecake and Chocnut Torte are picture-perfect desserts you’d want to take several photos of for your Instagram feed. Also read: 16 Exciting Restaurants to Try at Capitol Commons

Queso de Bola

Also check out: Cheesecakes by Guy, Crisostomo and Corazon Hispano Filipino’s Quezo de Bola Cheesecake


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G/F Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Meralco Ave cor. Shaw Blvd, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 667-3220

Buko Pie

The Filipinos’ version of custard pie, made more unique with coconut meat, and is considered a specialty in the city of Los Baños, Laguna.

Coconut Pie – Wildflour Cafe + Bakery

Wildflour is cafe and bakery serving continental dishes, specialty breads and pastries. While they’re known to be the pioneer of serving cronuts here in the Philippines, their famous Coconut Pie, topped with coconut flakes and served with a dripping sauce of creme anglaise, is a new take on our traditional, ‘buko pie’.

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Also check out: Sarsa Kitchen + Bar‘s Crispy Buko Pie ala Mode


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Suman

Suman is a rice cake made from glutinous rice, cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in buri palm leaves. There are several types of suman depending on the province of where it came from, but this delicacy is usually eaten with sugar or latik.

Grilled Buttered Suman with Ube, White Chocolate & Goya Ganache – Kanto Freestyle Breakfast

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Also check out: Neil’s Kitchen‘s Fried Suman, Mangga, Chocnut, Manila Creamery‘s Mangga’s Suman ice cream, The Red Crab‘s Suman with Latik and Coco Jam Sundae, Crisostomo‘s Suman Fondue, Romulo Cafe‘s Suman sa Latik

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Pastillas

A milk-based candy, Pastillas are  made from carabao’s or cow’s milk and then coated with sugar.

Molten Pastillas Lava Cake – 7107 Culture + Cuisine 

7107 Culture + Cuisine’s Molten Pastillas Lava Cake (also featured here) is a refreshing break from the classic lava cake we all love. Instead of chocolate ganache, creamy pastillas serves as the liquid center of this sinful cake.

Photo from Sweet Coconut Bakery and @7107restaurant

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G/F Treston International College, 32nd St. cor. C5 Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 807-8023

Leche Flan

Similar to creme brulee, Leche Flan is a caramel custard dessert made of eggs, milk and soft caramel on top. This is also usually served during special occasions.

Ube Leche Flan Cake – Cafe Creole

One of Resorts World‘s best-kept secrets,  Cafe Creole is an all-day cafe serving New Orleans-inspired dishes. Their Ube Leche Flan Cake lets you enjoy two of our favorite Filipino delicacies, in one. 

Photo from Kawaling Pinoy and @perrylamanilao

Also check out: Comfort Tuesdays‘ Banana Fritters Leche Flan de Ube, Restaurante Pia Y Damaso‘s Davao Malagos Goat’s Milk Leche Flan

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2/F Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay
(02) 403-8926

Siling Labuyo

Also known as ‘wild chili’ in English, Siling Labuyo is a small chili pepper commonly found in the Philippines. Despite its small size, this type of pepper is bursting with a lot of heat and spiciness.

Sili Ice Cream – Mama Rosa

No, this is not named after the award-winning Brillante Mendoza film, but is actually an old restaurant in 1999 that re-opened again last year. Named after the owner’s mother, Mama Rosa aspires to serve classic dishes that brings back memories from the good ‘ol days. Cap off your meal with their Sili Ice Cream that promises an explosion of flavors. They also have other flavors like Gabi, Tinutong na Bigas and Pili!

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#9 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 942-1125

Bibingka

Popular during Christmas season, Bibingka is a Filipino rice cake made from rice flour, salted egg, cooked in clay pots and topped with margarine and sugar.

New York, Cubao Bibingka Cheesecake – Alab

Alab serves a wide selection of modern fusion Filipino dishes like the Honey Lechon, Sugpo sa Palapa and Lechon na Crispy Pata. Don’t miss their signature and award winning New York, Cubao Bibingka Cheesecake, Sapin-Sapin Cake and a few ice cream flavors you’ve probably never tried before such as Kamote Q, Quezo de Bola and Laing. 

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Also check out: C2 Classic Cuisine’s Bibingka Souffle, The Hybrid Project’s Cheesingka Cheesecake, Early Bird Breakfast Club’s Bibingka Pancake or Manam’s Bibinga de Leche.

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Taho

Taho is a traditional Filipino street food made of silken tofu, arnibal (sweet sugar syrup) and sago pearls. It can be enjoyed both hot and cold, depending on your preference.  

Taho Gelato – Bono Artisanal Gelato

Bono Artisanal Gelato never fails to amaze us with their unique concoctions of gelato, and one of those is their Taho Gelato – infused with soy milk, sago pearls and coco syrup. Taste it for yourself and be amazed.

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Also check out: Strawberry Taho by CecilleThe Baker’s Table‘s Taho Cake

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Maja Blanca

This traditional Filipino dessert is made from coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar and corn. It is usually served during special occasions such as Christmas or birthday parties.

Maja Blanca Panna Cotta – 7107 Culture + Cuisine

7107 Culture + Cuisine is a culinary and hospitality food hall that aims to promote the Filipino heritage through art and modern local food. Their Maja Blanca Panna Cotta is a fusion of two popular desserts, where they used Carabao’s Milk for a soft and silky effect, topped with corn and pinipig.

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Also check out: Lola Cafe + Bar’s Maja Blanca Jar.

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G/F Treston International College, 32nd St. cor. C5 Rd, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 807-8023

Halo-Halo

Halu-Halo is a popular dessert made from shaved ice, evaporated milk, and various ingredients like leche flan, ube, gulaman, pinipig, langka, sago and more.

Halo-Halo Toast – Cafe Shibuya

Cafe Shibuya is a Japanese cafe specializing in sweet and savory thick toasts. One of their unique flavors that they just recently launched a few months ago is their Halo-Halo Toast, a Shibuya toast with leche flan, kaong, nata de coco, ube and vanilla ice cream.

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Looks like we didn’t just showcase our nation’s creativity, this big number of unique Filipino desserts is proof enough that we’re all victims of sweet tooth cravings.

Are you excited to give this list a try? Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @bookyapp and share your experiences with us by using the hashtag #bookymanila when posting photos. If we missed out any of your favourites or latest discoveries, let us know in the comments section below!

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