Saturday, 25 July 2015
Philippine Snack of the Day: Bitso-Bitso
A plateful of bitso-bitso is good enough to fill one's tummy for the entire morning! Yes, bitso-bitso is very filling because it's made up of ground glutinous rice mixed with some coconut strips and then deep fried, and twisted to look like a figure '8'. That's why it's sometimes called 'ocho-ocho'. Ocho is the Spanish number eight.
After deep frying bitso-bitso, they are bathed in caramelized muscovado sugar. Muscovado sugar is partially refined sugar that still retains its brown color and molasses flavor.
And since this plate is served in the Philippine island that's also called the Sugar Bowl of the Philippines, making bitso-bitso (and probably all those sweet desserts, too!) is no problem with the abundance of sugar!
Now, can you guess how many bitso-bitso are the plate, or better yet, how many can you munch down in one sitting?