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Bico Ube Flavor (Sweet Rice Purple Yam Flavor)

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Lorna enjoys cooking, baking, walking and spending time with family and friends.

Sweet Rice Ube Flavor

Ubi Bico

Ubi Bico

Bico ube is made out of sweet rice, coconut milk, sugar, purple yam flavor and vanilla. It is a well liked snack/dessert in the Philippines. Bico is mostly cooked during "All Saints Day" on November first. It's an equivalent to the "Trick or Treat" on holloween here in the US.

During my childhood in the Philippines, my friends and I went from house to house and asked for sweet treats like sweet rice cakes and other native delicacies. Just like kids here asking for candies for "trick or treats".

Some of my friends dressed up like ghost and wore scary mask. We brought plastic containers and asked for sweet rice wrapped in banana leaves. Then we will gather together and ate what we got from our neighbors. Though our family had our own preparations for All Sant's Day--it was fun going out with friends and enjoyed our treats together. Those were pleasant memories I still remember during those good old days in the Philippines.

Long time ago, we just boil purple yam and dip it in sugar. Now there are more products that were made from it. Most popular ube products are: Ube cake, ube ice cream, ube pastillas, ube candies, ube bread and more.

Boiled Purple Yam


Ube is staple in the Philippines. It is a root crops like sweet potatoes. I remember growing up, my parents used to boil ube for our snacks paired with coca cola. It was a very filling snacks. It was fun to share it with friends. We also enjoyed some other root crops like cassava and sweet potatoes. Our snacks were mostly made from vegetables and fruits.

My grandmother was an avid gardener. She had a lot of plants in her huge garden around our house. Her garden were a mixture of trees, root crops, nuts, vegetables, fruits and flowers. We always ate fresh fruits and vegetables from my grandma's garden. Every time we were hungry, we went to grandma's garden and dug some root crops. Climb trees and picked some fruits. We also enjoyed boiled banana, boiled sweet potatoes and boiled cassava -they tasted good with butter when they are hot.

My friends and I spent a lot of time playing near my grandma's garden. We also loved to climb the aratilis tree - it's a native fruit tree in the Philippines. Aratilis has a very tiny round fruits that tasted so sweet. Its color is red when ripe and green when it's not ripe.

One of my favorite root crops is ube. I could not find any fresh one here in the US. But there's a preserved jar of it at Oriental market. It's also available in liquid and powdered form used as food flavoring/coloring. There are a lot of uses for Ube. Ube flavored cake is the best! The best ube cake I tasted was made by Goldilocks. My favorite ube flavored ice cream were made by Magnolia.

Below I have written a recipe for Ube Bico. There's also a step by step with pictures recipe for your convenient. Enjoy cooking!

Ingredients for Bico Ubi

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  • 1 1/2 cups sweet rice, uncooked
  • 1 can coconut mllk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ube flavor
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Cook sweet rice according to package instruction. Set Aside.
  2. In a wok or pot combine coconut milk, sugar, purple yam flavor and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Bring to boil and lower to medium to low heat and keep on stirring.
  4. When the mixture thickens, add the cooked sweet rice.
  5. keep on stirring until there's no more liquid and it's more sticky and hard to stir.
  6. Transfer it into a rectangular pan and pressed it so that it will flatten. Let it stand for few minutes and serve warm.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour 30 min

1 hour 40 min

15 to 20 people

First cook the rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

Cooked sweet rice

Cooked sweet rice

In a wok or pot combine coconut milk, sugar, purple yam flavor and vanilla. Mix well. Bring to boil and lower to medium heat and keep on stirring.


When thickens about 30 minutes add the cooked sweet rice.


Keep on stirring until it became sticky and dry.


Transfer it to a lightly greased rectangular baking pan. Let it set for a few minutes.


Serve warm with cheese toppings, optional.


To Color My Sweet Rice

© 2020 Lorna


Lorna (author) from USA on May 13, 2020:

Thanks for visiting Umesh! It is easy to make. Sorry, for late response. I was not able to check on hubpages for almost a month.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 21, 2020:

It appears to be an interesting sweet recipe. It seems akin to Indian sweet pudding called Kheer.

Lorna (author) from USA on February 28, 2020:

Thanks Lorna for your visit. Most of the dishes I shared here were part of my childhood. I appreciate you for commenting every time I published an article. Thanks for your kindness.

Lorna Lamon on February 27, 2020:

Such a delicious sounding dish Lorna and it reminds of some of the sweet dishes my friends from India used to make. I enjoyed this article and it was lovely to hear about your childhood. My grandmother was also a keen gardener and I can remember eating most of her strawberries when I was a child. I will certainly give this tasty dish a try and thanks for sharing.

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