Bibingka is one of traditional Filipino rice cakes which has strong connection to the Filipino people. Usually, it is being served and eaten during Christmas season. Made of rice flour, coconut milk and eggs — the preparation traditionally is a real time consuming. This is why its just being served during Christmas season. However, as it evolves in time with its ingredients and the way it is being cooked, with bibingka oven, it became part of every Filipino everyday life.
Antonio’s Bibingka and Coffee is the pioneer of this evolution. They introduced a lot of variations in terms of toppings which makes the bibingka real special. Butter or margarine, sugar, cheese or grated coconut are just among the few to name. Salted eggs is also a common toppings paired with another mixture of toppings. Another Filipino rice cake from Antonio’s is puto bumbong. Bibingka and puto bumbong actually being paired with each other during Christmas season.
Last week, I was able to have a first–hand experience with Antonio’s bibingka and puto bumbong. Tucked in SM Megamall Building B’s 5th floor hallway, is a well-managed and cozy tables and chairs. Though the place is relatively small, it was never a problem to invite Filipinos and passers-by to dig in and have their taste of their bibingka and puto bumbong.
I am not actually fond of rice cakes even though my Mom loves it so much. I would just buy one and take it home for her. And when I was invited to taste Antonio’s bibingka, I thought to just give it a try. While waiting for my friends, I started with coffee. The staff on duty who were really accommodating. They had wide variety of coffee offered to its customers, but I got myself a brewed coffee.
We were served with all their bibingka. Original, Special and Super Special. What made them different with each other is the cheese that was used as their toppings.
Original Bibingka — This has the usual grated coconut with brown sugar toppings. 🙂
Special Bibingka — Just like the first, grated coconut, brown sugar toppings. Special bibingka has cheddar cheese toppings which made this really really good. 🙂
Super Special Bibingka — Grated coconut with brown sugar but this time, kesong puti and salted eggs are added as the toppings. The saltiness of the eggs and the creaminess of kesong puti really complimented each other. Awesome combination! 🙂
They all tastes really really good. I was surprised I discovered that I would love rice cakes like this. Served to us still warm that makes it really soft and spongy in texture. The sweetness of the rice cake itself is superb. And those toppings really added an awesome overall taste of he bibingka.
Overall, it was really good. The tastes was awesome, the service was good, name it. This experience made me love rice cakes now specially bibingka. I’m looking forward in visiting any Antonio’s place again, soon!
My own ratings:
Service: 5 out of 5
Price: 5 out of 5
Place: 5 out of 5
Ambiance: 5 out of 5
Cleanliness: 5 out of 5
Taste: 5 out of 5
Antonio’s Bibingka + Coffee started last January 2011. Venturing on their branches with dine-in area and some with cart–setup only. Newest branch will be in SM San Lazaro and will be launched soon. Antonio’s also being the one of the most famous merchants in Ensogo which has just finished. More avenues for customers of group buying sites such as Metrodeal, Groupon and eBay to have a taste and experience this awesome rice cakes.
Wanna see their own bibingka oven? Go ahead and visit any of their branches.
List of branches:
- SM Calamba
- SM North – Sky Garden
- SM North – Annex
- SM Fairview
- Wilcon City Center
- SM San Lazaro