Bingka Sa Mantalongon
The bingka, a warm snack in a hurry along the national highway in Barangay Mantalongon, Barili. The bingka, also known as bibingka, comes in many varieties but this version in Mantalongon is basic. It’s made of ground rice, coconut milk, sugar and yeast. No fuss, no frills. It’s baked in this make-shift oven of tin cans fired both on top and the bottom for about two minutes. During the rest of the day, it’s kept warm in the same oven but lit only from the top. On ordinary days, one of a number of vendors here sells about 60 pieces but on Thursdays, when Cebu’s biggest livestock market comes alive, they are easily able to dispose of triple that number. The bingka is P20 for a pack of four.
Photo by: Arlene Solis Chua
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