How To Cook Bibingka or Rice Cake
People around the world can live without some means but never without food. So, it is always a good idea of selling food. Speaking of food, one of the most delicious delicacy is bibingka or rice cake. Most of the times bibingka or rice cake is sold when Christmas is near but what if you don't know how to? Well, it's simple. You simply need to the following to be able to cook bibingka:
Note that there are two preparations in cooking bibingka or rice cake. These are preparing the batter and cooking the bibingka itself.
A. For the Bibingka Making
- 1 cup rice
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup refined sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup thick coconut milk
The materials that you will need are:
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden ladle
1. Immerse one cup of rice in one cup of water which will take overnight.
2. Exhaust water from the soaked rice. Produce rice flour by grinding the rice softened by soaking, in a rice grinder. If you don't have a grinder, you can have the rice ground in the public market. Any stall selling galapong will have a rice grinder.
3. Mix the rice flour with sugar once it is ready.
4. Afterwards,add baking powder, melted butter, beaten eggs and thick coconut milk to the rice flour mixture.
5. Mix the rice flour mixture thoroughly. This will serve as the bibingka batter.
B. Cooking Bibingka
- Bibingka batter
- 4-5 salted eggs
- 1 packet white cheese
- Grated coconut
- Mixing bowl
- Ladle or deep-cupped spoon
- A pair of tongs
- Rice caked mold (hulmahan)
- Improvised basin for live coals
- Firewood coals
- Banana leaves
- Turner for frying or toasting
- Measuring cup
- Put some coal in the improvised basin made of a piece of G.I. sheet or tin. Make the coals red hot. Set aside first.
- Line the rice cake mold in a piece of banana leaf.
- Put one cup of rice batter into the mold.
- Arrange a few pieces of the sliced salted eggs and sprinkle a little amount of white cheese on top of the batter in the bibingka mold.
- Put the mold with batter over a stove with live coals and place the improvised tin basin with live, red hot coal over the mold containing the rice cake batter. The rice cake should be cooked in this manner: with live coals under and over the mold containing it.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until the upper skin or the batter turns golden brown.
- Once cooked remove bibingka from the stove and transfer bibingka on a plate.
- Serve bibingka with grated coconut on the side.
- This recipe makes 2-4 whole medium-sized bibingka or rice cake.
After the cooking process, compute for how much you have spent in the preparation and then you can sell it. It will be a good source of income.