In Lebak, Sultan kudarat, there’s a Filipino delicacy that is very much a part of get togethers and occasions—BIKO!
Its no wonder why it’s a local delicacy-- rice is bountiful in Lebak. Nhoy Corpuz, a Lebak local, sent his
photos and recipe for Lebak’s Biko.
Here are the ingredients to make the Biko.
2 cups glutinous rice (sweet rice or malagkit), washed
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
4 cups coconut milk
2 cups coconut cream
1/2 tsp salt
Combine glutinous rice and 4 cups of coconut milk in a cooking pot. Heat and let boil, then reduce heat and cook while stirring until the texture thickens. This process can range from 18 to 20 minutes, or even more.
Add 1 1/4 cups of sugar and salt. Continuosly stir and cook for 10 more minutes or until the rice is completely done. The texture should be very sticky.
Meanwhile, arrange banana leaves in a 9x 13 inches baking pan. Transfer the cooked sticky rice to the baking pan. Set aside.
Make the topping by heating a sauce pan and combining 2 cups of coconut cream and remaining 1 cup of brown sugar. Let boil and simmer while stirring once in a while until the texture thickens.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spread the topping equally over the cooked sticky rice. Bake for 12 to 18 minutes or until the topping becomes a little firm.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
And Lebak’s Biko is ready for eating!