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10 Must-Try Filipino Desserts with a Twist

It’s been a trend among restaurants to offer something different and unique to attract foodies. There’s no doubt that we, Filipinos, love food. We may have our restaurant favorites, but it never hurts to try something new every now and then. Case in point: these Filipino desserts with a twist!



1. Mamon Cheesecake Soufflé by PILYO

Mamon Cheesecake Soufflé
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If you think your regular mamon can’t get any fluffier, think again. PILYO created their own version of this spongy dessert and generously topped it with shreds of edam cheese and guava glaze.

Their mamon is softer than the usual, making it comparable to a soufflé. Perfect as pasalubong, these decadent treats come in a box of nine (P750).

2. Bibingka Waffle by Catabolic Café

Bibingka Waffle
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Catabolic Café offers their own version of this steamy rice cake which is usually served on a banana leaf. Instead of the latter, their version comes in waffle form and is topped with butter, muscovado, and coconut shreds. Each order is P200.

  • Where to Buy: 22 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City

3. Fried Suman, Mangga, and Chocnut by Neil’s Kitchen

Fried Suman, Mangga, and Chocnut
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One dessert is yummy, two is delightful, and three is divine! At Neil’s Kitchen, they had the brilliant idea of combining three Filipino sweets into one heavenly dessert.

The Fried Suman, Mangga, and Chocnut (P250) has a base of fried sticky rice topped with mango jelly and crumbled Chocnut – how can you say no to that?

  • Where to Buy: Westgate Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City

4. Sizzling Pan de Sal Pudding by Locavore

Sizzling Pan de Sal Pudding
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Who would’ve thought that the Pinoy’s breakfast staple pan de sal could be turned into a dessert?

Locavore transforms the famous bread roll into a sweet treat topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel – aptly calling it “Sizzling Pan de Sal Pudding” (P235). Excite your palate as you taste a firework of cheese, salted egg, and custard flavors.

  • Where to Buy: 10 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

5. Puto Bumbong Cake by Lia’s Cakes in Season

Puto Bumbong Cake
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At Lia’s Cakes in Season, this go-to Christmas treat is taken to the next level by being turned into a moist ube cake topped with muscovado and coconut shavings and drizzled with caramel sauce (P210 – slice, P1,490 – whole).

You can order it as a cupcake, as well (P95 – one piece, P540 – box of 6).

  • Where to Buy: 25 A&B, East Capitol Drive, Pasig City

6. Ube Pancake by Chelsea’s Kitchen

Ube Pancake
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Soft and fluffy, Chelsea’s Kitchen’s Ube Pancake (P250) is a tempting dessert perfect for your cheat days. These devour-worthy delights are topped with tapioca pearls and crispy coconut strings. The coconut cream and special ube sauce make the flavor more unique and exciting.

  • Where to Buy: Chelsea’s Kitchen is located on the ground floor of SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall.

7. Black Piggy Back Ride by Garage 88

Black Piggy Back Ride
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As if its name isn’t intriguing enough, Black Piggy Back Ride (P188) is chicharon covered in dark chocolate and is topped with Chocnut and chocolate sauce. It is served with vanilla ice cream on the side to make the dessert even sweeter. Taste it before you judge it, we say.

  • Where to Buy: 2nd Floor, Karport Compound, 32nd Street, Taguig City

8. Chocnut Turon by 7107 Culture + Cuisine

Chocnut Turon
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Chocnut Turon (P155) is 7107 Culture + Culture’s take on one of the Pinoy’s most beloved merienda.

The golden fried banana rolls that we’ve grown up with are sprinkled with a generous helping of crumbled chocnut and is served with either a peanut butter and chocolate labuyo dip.

  • Where to Buy: 32nd Street cor. C-5 Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

9. HawHaw Cake by The Baker’s Table

HawHaw Cake
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A favorite among ’90s kids, HawHaw is a hard rectangular candy with a milky taste that’s hard to resist. At The Baker’s Table, it is the main ingredient to their HawHaw Cake (P110 – slice, P1,050 – whole).

This dessert is basically a tres leches vanilla cake, layered with cream cheese and melted HawHaw frosting.

  • Where to Buy: 88-B Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City

10. Piaya Ice Cream Sandwich by Sarsa Kitchen + Bar

Piaya Ice Cream Sandwich
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Piaya is a sweet flatbread that comes with a variety of flavors such as ube, mango, and rum. It’s delicious as is, but add a scoop of ice cream to the formula and you’ll be blown away.

Piaya Ice Cream (P165) is drizzled with muscovado syrup and crispy pinipig. You may choose from three ice cream flavors: cheese, ube, or vanilla.

  • Where to Buy:  Visit Sarsa Kitchen + Bar at 109 Rada Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. They also have other branches in SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, The Forum, and UP Town Center.

Discover more Filipino desserts with a twist as you tour around the Philippines. Make sure to book your vacay with Traveloka!

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