Tikoy a.k.a one of the best things about Chinese New Year.
A Chinese delicacy that we look forward eating during Chinese New Year, tikoy or nian gao is a glutinous rice cake that symbolizes good fortune in all aspects of life and a healthy bond within and among family members as well as relationships.
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Currently offered in a variety of flavors ranging from the classic white to the more unique ones like cheese, chorizo, and sea cucumber, tikoy is a sweet (sometimes savory) treat that’s great as a snack and a dessert no matter how you cook it.
If this Chinese New Year, you’re planning to gift good fortune to your friends and family or you’re simply craving for this delicious treat, and you haven’t gotten or bought any, here are some bakeries/spots where you can get your fix of tikoy.
Eng Bee Tin – multiple branches
Established in 1912 by Mr. Chua Chiu Hong, Eng Bee Tin offers a variety of traditional Chinese delicacies from hopia to tikoy as well as contemporary creations of these delicacies such as the Hopia Combi, the Mochipia, and the Hopia Custard to name a few.
Tikoy flavors they offer: White, Brown, Pandan, Ube, Ube Lite (Sugarfree), Strawberry, Peanut, Sweet Corn, 4-in-1, Supreme, Red Bean, Butterscotch, Chorizo
Fun fact: For the year of the rat, they have a limited edition cheese tikoy flavor!
Echague Bakery – multiple branches
A household name among Filipino and Chinese families since it’s opening in 1962, Echague Bakery is a bakery where you can get your fix of both handmade and machine-made pastries. Their specialty? Their traditional homemade hopia.
Tikoy flavors they offer: White, Brown, Ube, Pandan, 4 Seasons (Ube, Pandan, White, and Brown)
Ho-Land Hopia – multiple branches
If you’re craving for hopia, then Ho-Land Hopia is one of your best bets for these flaky, delectable sweet bites. They consider themselves as “the best hopia factory in the world” and specialize in making genuine Chinese pastries and delicacies.
Tikoy flavors they offer: White, Brown, Red Beans, Ube, Pandan
Hap Chan – multiple branches
Dubbed by them as the “leading authentic Chinese Restaurant Chain in the Philippines”, Hap Chain is a popular name and restaurant for those who are looking for Chinese hot dishes, dumplings, and rice.
Tikoy flavors they offer: Original, White, and Ube
Sweet Taste Tikoy – Quezon City
Sweet Taste Tikoy is a bakeshop that opened in 1991 and serves up homemade tikoy that’s balanced and chewy enough for your eating pleasure.
Tikoy flavors they offer: White, Brown, and Ube
Xin Tian Di – Quezon City
Xin Tian Di, which literally means ‘New Heaven and Earth’ is an authentic Chinese restaurant that is known for their delectable dishes and unlimited dimsum promo where you can choose over 50 varieties of dim sum.
Polland Hopia – multiple branches
Serving up authentic mung bean cakes – hopia – since 1966, Polland Hopia is a go-to shop for pasalubong goodies ranging from mooncakes to hopia and even tikoy.
Tikoy flavors they offer: White, Brown, Strawberry, Pineapple, Ube, Buko Pandan, Banana
Salazar Bakery – multiple branches
Known best as one of the must-visit-places in Binondo, Salazar Bakery has been offering a variety of affordable Chinese treats including an assortment of tikoy.
Some tikoy flavors they offer: White Tikoy, Tikoy with Bean Paste, Tikoy with Peanuts, Tikoy Covered in Sesame Seeds
Serving up traditional and modern Chinese cuisine, Golden Bay Fresh Seafood Restaurant offers up an unparalleled dining experience perfect for big groups and families. Whether you’re looking for ala carte dishes – Sizzling Squid tentacles, Abalone Seafood Tart, Sauteed Chicken with Vegetables – set menus, or a variety of dim sum, this restaurant has exactly what you’re looking for.
Tikoy flavors they offer: Red, White, Baked Red Bea, Ham & Cheese, Pandan Tikoy, Sea Cucumber w/Ham
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