Friday, October 12, 2012

BFFs | Biko (Sweet Rice Cake)


Friendship is a wonderful thing.

My friendship with Mariel spans three decades. We sat side by side sharing a wooden desk in grade school. We lived on the same street and we would walk home after school together. She climbed the guava tree at my house (since I cannot climb myself) and we sat by our terrace to enjoy the soft warm yellow guavas. We wore the same blue and white uniform in high school (although I wore mine shorter while she would wear her's down to her ankles). Years later, we drove on the same interstate highways (when I lived in Florida a few years ago) and got to see each other on special occasions   And you bet, BFF is an apt description for our friendship.

Melo is another BFF since high school.  As a bright boy from another town, he didn't come to his new school unnoticed. He sat in Mariel's class during the first year, then he was in mine for the next 3 years.  He now lives in Florida too - he is finishing up his Ph.D. in Psychology this semester.  He might not know it (or maybe he does?) but my constant phone conversations with him often times turn into free  psychological assessments (and sometimes unsolicited as he could read between the lines)... He must be the reason why I'm still sane these days...LOL! 

"Let's make deko (in Ibanag, our native dialect word for biko or sweet rice cake) when you visit..."  Melo excitedly said upon learning that I was going to Orlando.




And so we did.

We made deko - a sweet treat we all enjoyed during our childhood days And what came with it was the recollection of funny adventures that still warms our hearts. We laughed so hard until our bellies hurt. We forged new memories as we stirred the warm sticky rice but yet cherished the old ones that came with our blue and white uniform. The laughter and stories echoed - just like as we had once did in the gray concrete hallways of our high school.  And we know we have more stories to tell and reminisce about in the years to come.

I'm sure you have stories about your BFFs that resonates the same way - indeed friendship is a wonderful thing.  Happy Friday!



Biko (Sweet Sticky Rice with Caramelized Coconut Cream)

Ingredients:

5 cups of sweet rice
2 cans of coconut milk (I used Arroy-D)
3 cups water
1 cup sugar (you could add more if you want)
3 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp vanilla
lemon zest

For the topping:
2 coconut milk
1 can heavy cream
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp butter

or you could also use the following for the topping:
1 coconut milk
1 condensed milk
3 tbsp butter
lemon zest

Procedure:

Pre heat oven to 375 F.

Pour 2 cans of coconut milk and 3 cups of water in a pot. When it's starting to simmer add the sticky rice. Stir the rice continuously while cooking. After 10-15 minutes check the water level and if the rice is cooked (it should be soft but still firm). If it's not, add more hot water (if needed) and continue to stir. Stir in butter, salt, vanilla, sugar and lemon zest. Set aside.

Pour  the cooked rice into a baking pan lined with banana leaves. I used 3 circular ones, but you could use a 9 x 12 baking pan. Leave room for the topping (about half an inch)

For the topping:

Pour the ingredients on a pan. Cook until the cream is thick enough. This may take up to 30 minutes, but it's all worth it. Pour the topping on top of the baking pan with rice. Bake @ 375 oF for an hour or until top is golden brown. Broil for 5 minutes but make sure to keep a tight watch as you don't want to burn the top. Enjoy...




19 comments:

  1. It is so good to share such childhood treat with old friends.. :)

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    1. Yes indeed. Lovely to see you here my friend.

      Have a great weekend!

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  2. Souns like you had so much fun. Reunions with close friends are fun. We had a high school reunion years ago and we now do it regularly.
    Biko is my favorite but have not tried doing it. When I saw the topping with cream I am sold. Gotta make this one.
    Kep blogging Malou.

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    1. hahah.. yes my friends' jaw dropped when i mixed the cream and the butter with the biko. But that's those are the secret ingredients.
      Happy to have you around!
      malou

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  3. a sweet treat for a sweet kind of friendship - iba talaga ang comfort food and comfort friends! :-)

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    1. sweet treat + sweet kind of friendship = sweet life. How are you NFF? I hope you are having a great weekend!
      malou

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  4. How lovely to have a friendship that spans the test of time. Three decades is quite a while. And that's an interesting recipe - not something I've seen before, Malou xx

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    1. yes three decades... but this gives away my age haha. great seeing you again Charlie. I hope you had a great weekend.

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  5. Really nice post. And terrific recipe! Looks really wonderful - with all that coconut milk it must have a great flavor. Fun read - thanks.

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    1. Most of my American friends are curious when I tell them about our native rice cake. I'm glad you are open to the idea. Thanks!
      malou

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  6. What a great tribute to your friendship. I want deko too. I really want it now. With coffee or tsokolate. Dabadabest

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    1. Tsokolate yes! Definitely Dabadabest. haha that's so Ibanag!
      malou

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  7. Would you believe DEKO was also served that one time I visited your hometown. I remember we had it with cacao de tableas.
    Helena

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    1. Wow that's amazing. I'm so glad that you experienced a local treat during your stay.
      Take care,
      malou

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  8. Yum, I haven't had biko in a while. I'm making a few different varieties of kakanin for my mom's bday, you're inspiring me to make some biko as well for an extra special treat.

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  9. manang malou, when you list 5 cups of sweet rice use the cup to measure the rice (small plastic one) or use the baking measurements?? also heavy cream, small can or tall can which size po?? mabbalo...

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    1. Hi there. Sorry for the late reply. I've been (or must i say im still) in hiatus lately. So I hope you will forgive me for replying just now.
      ok the measuring cup i used was the standard measuring cup for baking. But i know what you mean my the plastic cup we use for cooking rice haha... but no, please use the baking cup.
      Use the small can for heavy cream. You might want to temper down the cream if you want but for me the small can was so gooooood.
      I hope this helps. Let me know how it turns out. Good luck!
      xo,
      Malou

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  10. Malou Niviera " SKIP TO MALOU You are an excellent chef! Your food choice, is to die for! Your food escape and color just magnifies my hunger ever more. I Will try to blind myself and hopefully be able to skip your post, so that I can lose some weight, before the Holidays.. You are truly the best! Have a blessed weekend!

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  11. Thanks Again Malou, for all your delightful, heart warming dishes. You are truly "The Best!'

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