Hello Ube!

Hello Ube!

Ube love! In the last year or so I’ve been seeing a lot of purple everyone and I’m loving it! I am so happy to see all the products highlighting the purple yam from the Philippines. Because ube is my u-bae for this summer; I wanted to share a few my favorite ube products that I’ve gotten to try!

Trader Joe’s Ube Purple Yam Flavored Ice Cream

Trader Joe’s is stepping up their ube game with offering a few ube products including a ube waffle/pancake mix but my heart still belongs to the very first ube product they offered; Ube Ice Cream. Being Filipino; I’m used to ube ice cream from Philippine brands like Magnolia and I wasn’t quite sure how Trader Joe’s would compare. I was quite pleased to see that TJ’s got it right. Their ube ice cream wasn’t just purple flavor; it indeed had the right purple yam taste. It was sweet, creamy with hints coconut and vanilla…just like ube!

Big Boi’s Ube Butter

I wrote about the Filipino butters in an April post and though all the flavors were delicious; I really liked the ube a lot! I loved spreading the smooth ube over pandesal for breakfast. So masarap!

DD’s Treats Pandesal

Ube Pandesal has recently become one of the most popular items in the ube craze. One can even order ube pandesal on Etsy! Thankfully for me; there are several different homemade vendors that I’ve found making delicious ube pandesal. DD’s Treats located in Lakewood, California is one of them. She has a variety of different ube pandesals. One can choose from ube cheese filling, yema cheese filling and ube cream cheese. They’re all so delicious that I can’t pick a favorite. Aside from ube pandesal DD’s offers other ube treats such as ube Spanish bread and ube crinkles.

Mom’s Kitchen Ube Flan and Ube Ensaymada

Mom’s Kitchen in Gardena, California also offers ube pandesal along with other tasty ube offerings. Her ube pandesal is also quite tasty. It is filled with cream cheese. My favorite from her ube offerings however is the ube flan cupcakes. These are the best! The bottom of this treat is a soft ube cupcake and then on top is a sweet, creamy flan. It’s two classic Filipino desserts combined in one and it practically melts in your mouth.

Mom’s Kitchen also has amazing ube ensaymada. Soft ube bread is covered with butter and sugar and then topped with lots of grated cheese. It’s a perfect breakfast treat, a sweet snack or a delicious dessert.

Munch Bakery

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Munch Bakery who sells at the Farmers Market in Torrance offers fresh macarons in a variety of flavors! I first wrote about them in a post back in April 2017. They are more popular than ever. Ube is one of the flavors that always sells out. It has the just the right hint of the flavored yam.

I love ube and this summer I am super happy to discover so many different ube treats along with getting to support some local small businesses as well!

Hello Filipino Butters from Big Boi!

Hello Filipino Butters from Big Boi!

Checking out B Sweet Dessert and Big Boi by Chef Barb Batiste has been on my list for quite awhile now. Unfortunately with the current stay at home order a visit to the West LA restaurant will need to wait. Fortunately however there is Postmates and they are offering delivery nationwide some Big Boi’s popular and famous Filipino butters!

Currently Big Boi has three flavors for their Filipino butters. They’ve got Buko Pandan, Ube and Ensaymada.

Buko Pandan consists of Buko which is the Tagalog name for young coconut. For this Filipino butter they paired it with the leaves of the Pandan plant thus giving it a sweet vanilla like aroma. For Buko Pandan Filipino butter; Big Boi has strips of coconut mixed in with a sweet creamy butter.

Ube is the famous Filipino yam with a light, sweet potato taste. This also has sweet hints of coconut and vanilla. Big Boi took the purple yam and made it into a nice, rich butter with sweet hints of coconut and vanilla. It tastes just like ube dessert.

Ensaymada is soft, sweet Filipino pastries that Filipinos often enjoy for breakfast or holidays. It is typically topped with butter, sugar and cheddar cheese. For this Filipino butter, Big Boi took the taste of the Filipino pastries and incorporated right into a butter spread.

These butters are perfect on pan de sal, crackers and pretty much anything you put it on. It’s so masarap (That’s the Tagalog word for delicious!)

It’s definitely hard for me to pick which one is my favorite! I first tried the Ensaymada and absolutely loved the buttery, cheesy taste. I next tried the Buko Pandan and instantly became a fan of the coconut strips. Lastly I tried the ube and was ecstatic with the purple yam flavor that reminded me so much of traditional Filipino desserts.

I highly recommend these Filipino butters! They are perfect for some yummy treats while we all stay at home. To order, please see the Big Boi website. Deliveries go out every Wednesday. The Filipino Butters are offered as Filipino Butter Jar sampler with all three flavors or as a 3 pack of your favorite flavor. 3 packs start at $30.

Hello Cafe 86!

Hello Cafe 86!

Pink is my favorite color however I feel like purple is starting to make its way into my heart lately. Yes, that color purple sure is making an impact….thanks to ube!

Ube is the Tagalog word for purple yam and it’s the new “IT” dessert. It’s been making waves all over social media. From ube donuts to ube ice cream, the Filipino fave dessert has become a favorite for many foodies.

For some excellent ube treats, one should definitely check out Cafe 86. This cute Filipino cafe first opened up in Chino Hills, California and soon after opened up locations in Pasadena and Artesia, California. From the moment you walk into their cute cafe, one is sure to say “Oh my Ube.” This place truly is ube heaven.

A fan favorite  for many is the Ube Leche Flan Cupcake.

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The base of the cupcake is purple ube beauty made out of Cafe 86’s housemade ube halaya and then the top of the cupcake is the creamy Filipino dessert leche plan. The ube base and the leche plan topping is truly a match made in heaven. With this dessert you have a soft moist cake and a creamy sweet topping. Every bite is simply delightful.

Another awesome ube dessert is their ube cake truffles.  At first glance,  these truffles look like simple chocolate balls but don’t fooled because there is truly an amazing surprise waiting for you inside.

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It will truly be love at first bite of these Ube Truffles. Inside is a lovely purple colored moist cake made out of…..you guessed it ube! When I visited Cafe 86, I honestly thought nothing could be as amazing as the Ube Leche Flan Cupcake but their Ube Truffles sure is just as wonderful. It has the nice rich touch of chocolate on the outside. The inside is the soft ube cake. It is one of my favorites at Cafe 86.

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There is even more ube delight to be found in their Ube Monster ice cream sandwich.

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It’s Cookie Monster turned Ube Monster with this dessert! It’s a ube ice cream sandwich with two soft chocolate cookies filled with ube ice cream. It truly a “monster” dessert. It’s “monster” gigantic cookies. It’s filled with “monster” loads of creamy ube ice cream. You’re sure to go “monster” ube crazy with this one. ūüôā

The Ube menu goes on and on at Cafe 86. Their specials change daily. Sometimes there are Ube Crinkle Cookies, Ube Crack Cheesecake, Ube Butter Bars or even Ube Vegan Bundt Cake. It’s not just about ube at Cafe 86 however. They have lots of other dessert delights like Halo-Halo Bread Pudding, Skyflake cookies and Churochi; a Cafe 86 special dessert of churro and mochi combined. In addition to desserts, Cafe 86 has various iced teas like Hibiscus Calamansi and Peach Mango,  milk teas like Thai Tea milk tea and Sea Salt Black Tea, Milk Shakes and Slush like Caramel Milk Slush and different lattes, espressos and loose leaf teas.

Yes, pink may be my favorite color but purple truly has made its way into this Hello Kitty Foodies heart. Oh my ube, I am a ube fan and Cafe 86 has a lot to do why I am. ūüėČ

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Cafe 86.

Hello Munch!

Hello Munch!

I’ve always been a fan of macarons! There is something just so special about the delicate French confectionery. The crisp cookies and jam in between simply spells happiness. It was thus a very happy discovery for me when I spotted¬†Munch¬†at the Torrance Farmers Market.

Trays of colorful, cute pastel colored macarons were on display and I could not help but stop. Lemon, vanilla, nutella, red velvet, salted caramel….ahhh! Wait what is that I spot? Buko panda, leche flan, ube? Oh my! Munch has Filipino flavored macarons! Spotting the various flavors simply had this Hello Kitty Foodie sold on trying these macarons out!

Two of my favorite Filipino desserts ever are leche flan and ube and thus it simply was meant to be that these would be the first two macaron flavors I would try from Munch.

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I tried the Leche Flan macaron first.

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With its soft base, creamy texture and sweet top, leche flan is one very popular egg based Filipino dessert and my personal favorite. I was quite intrigued to see how Munch create the Leche Flan macaron style. I’m happy to say that equal to the Leche Flan dessert, the Leche Flan macaron is sweet and soft. ¬†The delicate macaron reminded me of Leche flan’s lightness and deliciousness.

The Ube macaron was the next macaron I tried.

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I was simply amazed with this macaron. Munch knows ube. This macaron not only had the bright purple color of ube, it had the sweetness of the purple yam as well! It was truly purple yam love at first bite.

It didn’t take long for me to convinced that I was munch happy munching on these delightful macarons and I eagerly looked forward to my next visit to the Torrance Farmer’s market.

I definitely wanted to try more of Munch’s Filipino flavors and on my next visit I tried another one of Munch’s signature favorites, the Buko Pandan.

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Buko Pandan is a Filipino dessert made from young coconut meat and Pandan leaves. I was quite curious to see how Munch would bring incorporate this delicious dessert into their macarons. Right at first bite, I knew right away this was a Buko Pandan macaron. The flavor of young coconut is instant. It is impressive.

Another Filipino flavored macaron that I tried was Munch’s calamansi.

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Honestly before I tried this macaron, I was wondering if it would be too sour. It was thus such a pleasant surprise when I tried it. It had just the right citrus flavor. It was very refreshing and not too strong in sourness at all. It actually instantly became a new favorite of mine.

Sans Rival is another Filipino flavor I tried on my third visit.

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Sans rival is a Filipino dessert cake that is made out of buttercream, meringue and chopped cashews. Here at Munch, I love how they have the roasted cashew flavor of the cake in this macaron! The buttercream is present as well. It is a cake turned macaron.

Now Munch has some amazing Filipino flavors and it’s definitely my go-to place if I want some Pinoy macarons but I knew I also had to try their other flavors as well. They’ve got quite a list of popular flavors that are non-Filipino based such as vanilla, nutella, salted caramel, white chocolate raspberry and black sesame.

This Hello Kitty Foodie absolutely fell in love with the white chocolate raspberry macaron at first sight.

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It has a beautiful pastel pink shell and inside the cream filling is white chocolate with a dash of raspberry. This is really delightful and one of my personal favorites!

The black sesame is another crowd favorite that is also one very good macaron.

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When I think of black sesame, I always think of black sesame ice cream. Thanks to Munch however now when I think of black sesame, I may think of macarons now. Their black sesame macaron has the same sweet, nutty type of flavoring of black sesame that I find in ice cream but even better.

Munchin’ on Munch’s macarons has made this Hello Kitty Foodie very happy! I’m looking forward to trying out many of their more amazing flavors on my next visit to the Torrance Farmers Market.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Munch Bakery.