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Delicious Rice Cake Recipes for Snack with Hot and Cold Drinks

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After living in the city for 30 years, EC moved to the countryside. He writes about life in the mountains, dogs, plants, and cooking.

Bibingka - Filipino Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Bibingka - Filipino Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Rice Cakes are Beauties for the Eyes But Heavyweight Champs for the Belly

Rice, especially the glutinous rice variety, is obviously the popular main ingredient in many rice cakes recipes found in most Asian countries. Japan has mochi and daifuku rice cakes. China has pak tong kou rice cakes. Indonesia has kue basah; Malaysia has the ketupat; and Korea has the ddeok, hotteok, and bingsu rice cakes. The Philippines has the following: puto bumbong (Christmas steamed rice cakes), bibingka, (also considered as Christmas rice cake), kalamay, suman, bichi-bichi, biko, sapin-sapin, kutsinta, and many more. The rice crispies formed in cup cakes seemed to have western origin.

Rice cakes are often considered as delicacies as well as everyday snack. They are traditionally offered during birthdays and festive celebrations. Rice cakes are given different colors to look more delicious. They are cooked in many ways: steaming, boiling, frying, grilling, roasting, and even searing. Some are salted and served with meat or shrimp sauce; but most rice cakes are sweet and served with cold or hot beverages.

Puto Bumbong Served with Freshly Grated Coconut and Butter (Photo courtesy by arnold - inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Puto Bumbong Served with Freshly Grated Coconut and Butter (Photo courtesy by arnold - inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Puto Bumbong Steamer (Photo courtesy by arnold - inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Puto Bumbong Steamer (Photo courtesy by arnold - inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Puto Bumbong with Butter (Photo courtesy by arnold - inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Puto Bumbong with Butter (Photo courtesy by arnold - inuyaki from Flickr.com)

Puto Bumbong Recipe

Note: You will need a food processor to grind the rice. A special type of steamer is also needed. The rice cakes are elongated in form because they are steamed while inside short and thin bamboo pipes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup glutinous rice
  • 2 tsp powder food coloring, purple or violet
  • 2 cups water

How To:

Wash several times, then soak glutinous rice overnight. Remove most of the water from rice because ground product is preferred dry for easy handling. Mix the food coloring while grinding. Sift the ground rice through a big-holed strainer to produce coarse rice flour. Put enough amount of rice flour inside the bamboo tubes and steam for about 10 minutes. Serve hot with butter, brown sugar, and freshly grated coconut.

how to cook puto bumbong - Filipino Long Rice Cakes

Bibingka - Grilled Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by georgeparrilla from Flickr.com)

Bibingka - Grilled Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by georgeparrilla from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Bibingka - Filipino Rice Pie

Clay cooking tray

Bibingka Recipe

Note: A round dish (similar to pie baking dish) made of clay is needed. Cut wilted banana leaves to line the bottom and side of the dish. When cooking over a grill, a clean iron sheet that carries hot coals is put on top of the clay dish.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups glutinous rice, finely ground
  • 2 cups coconut milk (coconut cream is included)
  • 4 pieces eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup cheese (optional), sliced into strips
  • 2 pieces salted eggs (optional), cut into 6 wedges

How To:

Wash and soak glutinous rice overnight. Change the water but add enough to get a fine-textured and thick rice batter. Mix sugar and eggs, add coconut milk and rice batter. Combine well. Pour into leaf-lined dish and bake the pre-heated oven (375 degrees F). When half-cooked, decorate the top of rice cake with cheese strips and egg edges. Gently push each piece into the cake if desired as filling, rather than as garnishing. Spread butter on top right after cooking. Best when serve with hot ginger tea.

Rice Cakes on Banana Leaves (Photo courtesy by whologwhy from Flickr.com)

Rice Cakes on Banana Leaves (Photo courtesy by whologwhy from Flickr.com)

Puto, sometimes called ‘rice muffins’, are either steamed or baked. Traditional recipe always prefers rice flour or fine and semi-thick batter. Rice used is not the glutinous variety.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk (and cream)
  • Food coloring (only when desired)

How To:

Sift rice flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar through a sieve. Add coconut milk and mix well. Pour batter into greased or banana leaf-lined muffin pans, about two-third full. Steam for 30 minutes or until cooked. To test, insert toothpick into a muffin. Toothpick comes out clean when cooking is done. Top with melting butter on top and/or fresh coconut flakes.

Puto and Kuchinta - Steamed Filipino Rice Cakes (Photo courtesy by highlimitzz from Flickr.com)

Puto and Kuchinta - Steamed Filipino Rice Cakes (Photo courtesy by highlimitzz from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Kutsinta - Filipino Brown Rice Cake

Suman with Latik - Wrapped Glutinous Rice Cake with Sweetened Coconut Sauce (Photo courtesy by dbgg from Flickr.com)

Suman with Latik - Wrapped Glutinous Rice Cake with Sweetened Coconut Sauce (Photo courtesy by dbgg from Flickr.com)

Glutinous Rice (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

Glutinous Rice (Photo courtesy by VirtualErn from Flickr.com)

Suman Recipe

One of the easiestrice cake recipesto cook. Only banana leaves, some strings, and boiler pot are materials needed.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups glutinous rice, washed and and soaked for 1 hour
  • 2 Tbsp lye water (called ‘lihiya’ in Filipino)

How To:

Wash soaked rice one more time and place in a strainer to drain well. Mix lye water until greenish color is well distributed. Wilt banana leaves over stove for easy handling. Wrap 1-2 Tbsp of rice and fold each end. A couple is often tied together with a piece of string on both ends. Place in a steamer and boil over low heat for 30 minutes or until cooked. Serve with sweetened coconut sauce or fresh coconut flakes with sugar and roasted sesame seeds.

Rice Cake and Ripe Mango Snack (Photo courtesy by museinthecity from Flickr.com)

Rice Cake and Ripe Mango Snack (Photo courtesy by museinthecity from Flickr.com)

Sapin-Sapin - Colorful Layers of Steamed Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by @joefoodie from Flickr.com)

Sapin-Sapin - Colorful Layers of Steamed Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by @joefoodie from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Sapin-Sapin - Filipino Layered Rice Cake

Biko - Filipino Rice Cake Perfect with Tapuy, a Filipino Rice Wine (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

Biko - Filipino Rice Cake Perfect with Tapuy, a Filipino Rice Wine (Photo courtesy by ~MVI~ from Flickr.com)

How to Cook Biko - Filipino Sweet Sticky Rice Cake

Ube Kalamay  - Filipino Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by oh sk from Flickr.com)

Ube Kalamay - Filipino Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by oh sk from Flickr.com)

Featuring: Rice Cake Delicacies in the Philippines

Rice Cake Wrapped in Leaf (Photo courtesy by Kanko* from Flickr.com)

Rice Cake Wrapped in Leaf (Photo courtesy by Kanko* from Flickr.com)

Mochi - Japanese Rice Cake Wrapped with Cherry Leaf (Photo courtesy by norwichnuts from Flickr.com)

Mochi - Japanese Rice Cake Wrapped with Cherry Leaf (Photo courtesy by norwichnuts from Flickr.com)

Daifuku - Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by love janine from Flickr.com)

Daifuku - Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by love janine from Flickr.com)

Ddeok - Korean Roasted Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by Sung Sook from Flickr.com)

Ddeok - Korean Roasted Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by Sung Sook from Flickr.com)

Hotteok - Korean Sweet Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by eliazar from Flickr.com)

Hotteok - Korean Sweet Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by eliazar from Flickr.com)

Bingsu - Korean Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by joyce_l from Flickr.com)

Bingsu - Korean Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by joyce_l from Flickr.com)

Ketupat - Malay Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by tuis from Flickr.com)

Ketupat - Malay Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by tuis from Flickr.com)

Rice Cake with Coconut and Cooked inside Banana Leaf (Photo courtesy by BandontheMandon from Flickr.com)

Rice Cake with Coconut and Cooked inside Banana Leaf (Photo courtesy by BandontheMandon from Flickr.com)

Pak Tong Kou - Chinese Steamed Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by joeysplanting from Flickr.com)

Pak Tong Kou - Chinese Steamed Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by joeysplanting from Flickr.com)

Roasted Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by imgdive from Flickr.com)

Roasted Rice Cake (Photo courtesy by imgdive from Flickr.com)

Seared Glutinous Rice Pancakes (Photo courtesy by williamnyk from Flickr.com)

Seared Glutinous Rice Pancakes (Photo courtesy by williamnyk from Flickr.com)

Kue Basah or Jajanan Pasar - Indonesian Traditional Rice Cakes (Photo courtesy by sutrisno2629 from Flickr.com)

Kue Basah or Jajanan Pasar - Indonesian Traditional Rice Cakes (Photo courtesy by sutrisno2629 from Flickr.com)

Rice Crispie Cake (Photo courtesy by jem from Flickr.com)

Rice Crispie Cake (Photo courtesy by jem from Flickr.com)

Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Marshmallow on Top (Photo courtesy by slgskgc from Flickr.com)

Rice Cake with Peanut Butter and Marshmallow on Top (Photo courtesy by slgskgc from Flickr.com)

Related Links

  • Filipino Puto Bumbong Recipe by PinoyRecipe.Net
    Puto Bumbong Recipe, Traditionally made from a special variety of heirloom sticky or glutinous rice called Pirurutong which has a distinctly purple color, soaked in salted water and dried overnight and then poured into bumbong or bamboo tubes
  • Philippine desserts recipes with pictures
    Filipino Philippine asian desserts recipes with links to cooking methods and information on ingredients, herbs, and food culture for asian countries.

Comments

Maria on June 27, 2020:

great hubs I cant wait to try and make all this yummy food looks so good made me homesick

silvanny on July 10, 2012:

wonderful article , kp on...

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 30, 2010:

Thank you rebekahELLE :)

rebekahELLE from Tampa Bay on June 30, 2010:

wow, what a great hub!! makes me want to start making some of these delicious sounding rice cakes! I was picturing the kind in the stores that crunch when we bite into them!

nice photos also! :)

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 29, 2010:

Thank you deancortez044 :)

deancortez044 from Las Vegas on June 29, 2010:

I want to try those rice those rice cakes. Mouth watering!:)

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 26, 2010:

Thank you, Peggy W! Congratulations to you, too :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 25, 2010:

What an extensive hub about rice cakes of every size and variety. You obviously put much time and effort into this hub. The photos are really nice. Congratulations!

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 25, 2010:

Thank you, Purple Perl :)

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on June 25, 2010:

Queen cleopatra,you made my mouth water!Will definitely try a couple of your recipes.And Congrats!This hub has excellent pics and is so informative.Thank you.

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 24, 2010:

Thank you so much for the warm greetings: oceannsunsets, travelespresso, sriparna, and habee. I am fortunate to be here at HubPages 'coz it's a warm and welcoming place for writers :D Thank you very much!

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 24, 2010:

Kudos on your win!

Sriparna from New Delhi on June 24, 2010:

Wonderful hub with great variety of recipes. Congratulations for being the winner! Well done!

travelespresso from Somewhere in this exciting world. on June 24, 2010:

Congratulations on your win! This is a very comprehensive hub.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on June 24, 2010:

Hello Queen, great recipes, hub, and pictures! Congratulations on your win. Ocean

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 24, 2010:

Thank you so much, prettydarkhorse :)

prettydarkhorse from US on June 24, 2010:

Hi cleopatra, being a Filipina< I miss all of these hehe, yum yum yum, you deserve to be nominated and Congratulations my dear! Maita

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 24, 2010:

Thank you for the encouraging words, anginwu :)

anglnwu on June 23, 2010:

I'm hungry just looking at these tempting rice cakes. I love Asian desserts. Good luck on your nomination.

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 23, 2010:

Wow! I'm greatly honored to have you here in my rice cake hub, habee, akirchner, and Loren's Gem. Thank you for the warm appreciation. I had so much fun making this hub because I adore rice cakes! :)

Loren's Gem from Istanbul, Turkey on June 23, 2010:

Awesome! What a great job you did! Your Filipino rice cakes really made me to crave for all of them. I know how they taste like as I have tasted them all in the Philippines! Thanks for sharing the recipes for these ones! I'm bookmarking this hub, and voted it up! :-)

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on June 23, 2010:

Great hub and very thorough! Looks delicious and now I'm hungry again.

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 23, 2010:

This was all new to me, but I loved it! Congrats on your nomination!

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 23, 2010:

Thanks for the visit, pinkhawk :)

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on June 23, 2010:

wohh..delicious!yum..yum! Rice cakes is one of my favorites not only for snacks but even for breakfast, lunch or dinner..^.^ Thank you for sharing these mouth watering rice recipes..and congratulations ma'am!^.^

EC Mendoza (author) from Philippines on June 22, 2010:

Thank you, Money Glitch :)

Money Glitch from Texas on June 22, 2010:

Wow, did not know there were so many ways to prepare rice cakes. Congrats, on being selected as one of the contenders for this week's Food contest. Good luck! :)

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