food moment: PAKUMBO


When we had a family outing in Laiya, Batangas, Philippines… I’ve noticed something sweet being sold by the locals on the shores of the beach. Out of curiosity, I came to know by the vendor that it’s called “Pakumbo” or “Pacombo”

pakumbo on the beach

“Pakumbo” is a sweet delicacy with the use of young coconut meat strands as its main ingredient and boiled in coconut juice with brown sugar until done with its translucent form. It is usually recognized for its packaging in a dried banana bark. Locally known and sold in the beaches and nearby towns in the provinces of Batangas and Aurora, Philippines. 

pakumbo vendor

It is sometimes mistaken as “Bukayo”, only that it is served in a dried banana bark and not on the leaf. Nowadays, this yummy treat have evolved with different twist and flavors like being added with ripe langka (jackfruit) strips, peanut, and cashew nuts.

Photos taken by: Sukito San

food recipe: “TUPIG” on CHARCOAL

This is one of my most sought after Filipino delicacy that I want my relatives and friends to bring home as a “pasalubong” to me. Usually, you can bring this luscious food as a treat when you’re from Pangasinan, Philippines. Of course, since I love the taste of this one… I have to find out how it is done. Here’s how…

4 pieces shredded mature coconut meat

4 cups of water

1 kilogram “malagkit” flour

3/4 cup of molasses

1 piece shredded young coconut

1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

wilted banana leaves


For the procedure…

Extract the coconut milk from the mature coconut by adding water and squeezing out the “gata” or coconut milk. Then, set it aside. Afterwards, add the remaining to the coconut milk and mix well. Pour 1/4 cup of batter or the mixture on wilted banana leaves. Roll and seal on both ends. Bake it over on live charcoal for about 15 up to 20 minutes or until done.

Enjoy eating!

food tool: KUDKURAN (Coconut Grater)

Traditional Filipino homes has this must-have kitchen tool especially those who love to cook or do delicacies with coconut… the “coconut grater” or “shredder”, commonly known in the Philippines as “kudkuran” or “kudkuran ng niyog”. This humble and simple machine made out of elongated wood for its bench and its metal grater attached on its forepart is used to segregate or separate the coconut flesh from its shell. In order to use it, you have to sit on its other end opposite to its grater with your legs apart and with your hands holding the half-cut coconut while grating it in its shredder manually. Also called as “igad” in Ilocano, “kaguran” in Bisaya, and “pangudkuran” in Ivatan.

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