Sunday, July 13, 2008

Macapuno ensaymada

Today, I had a chance to taste a dessert from the Philippines, a sweet roll with coconut filling called macapuno ensaymada. It's a little hard to describe, but basically, imagine a sweet challah or other egg bread filled with pieces of coconut in some sort of gelatinous suspension. It tasted better than it sounds, although not as good as I'd hoped. I found the treat in a Filipino grocery store next door to a Filipino restaurant down in Braintree or Quincy. A Filipino friend took us down there on our way to Ikea.

Although it was interesting to try the macapuno, I was happier with the other item I purchased, Yan Yan, which I've had many times before and never tire of. Insert crunchy stick in creamy chocolate, remove, insert into mouth, enjoy.


Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Although I don't know the names, I have had the opportunity to eat many Filipino dishes and snacks made by Filipino friends, and acquaintances in our church community. Their cuisine is always quite light and excellent. I never pass up a Filipino dish at a church potluck. I've had the one you describe here as well as a similar one with meat. They were oh so wonderful.

Anonymous said...

That's so true! Filipino desserts are filling and so yummy. Makes me hungry thinking of Pinoy snacks. I came across this webpage that shows filipino desserts..