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Try inutak, biko bibingka from this San Juan City shop

Steph Arnaldo
Try inutak, biko bibingka from this San Juan City shop

Photos from Kobe's Magic

This home-based business makes the creamy, chewy Pateros delicacy made of ube, sticky rice, and coconut milk

Craving for homemade kakanin? Th owners of home-based shop Kobe’s Magic often did too, prompting them to make – and eventually sell – their takes on their favorite traditional Pinoy delicacies.

Kobe’s Magic is a product of a mother’s obsession with native cakes and a love letter to their young children, Kobe and Magic. The couple-owned, San Juan City-based shop offers inutak, biko bibingka, palitaw, ginataang bilo-bilo, and other regional treats.

“Ever since I was a kid, I loved eating kakanin, so I had been on the continuous search of the best kakanin that I could find in the Metro. My husband and I even went to nearby provinces last year (Rizal, Bulacan, and Tarlac) to satisfy my cravings,” she said.

“Due to the lockdown and having so much free time, I experimented and created my favorite kakanin. At first, I was just giving it to families and friends, but due to their urge for me to sell it, I gave in,” she added.

Kanin and get it

One of Kobe’s Magic’s best-selling items is the gooey, sweet Pateros delicacy called inutak. It’s a delicious, must-try crossover between creamy ube jam, chewy bilo-bilo, and sticky sapin-sapin – rich, sweet ube halaya is topped with glutinous rice, coconut milk and coconut cream, baked together until gooey, chewy, and creamy. It costs P199 for a small tray and P499 for the party size.

Their biko bibingka is also a comforting treat worth trying, if you enjoy the caramelized, sticky rice delicacy. Baked in pandan leaves, the rice is soft, chewy, and sweet, generously topped with a syrup made of coconut milk and dark brown sugar for that distinctly addictive, caramel flavor. It costs P149 for the solo size, P199 for the sharing size, and P499 for the party size.

If you prefer your bibingka simpler and less sweet with just latik (the sweet, solids you get when you simmer coconut milk for a long time), Kobe’s Magic also has that version for P149 (although it’s less moist than biko). You can have it in ube flavor, too!

Kobe’s Magic also has puto bumbong, palitaw, and bilo-bilo. All three are more on the chewier, firmer side. However, the sauce that the bilo-bilo is served in (coconut milk and sugar) is good, and is served with latik, too.

Can’t decide which delicacy to get? You can get a Kobe’s Magic sampler of 3 for P249.

Kobe’s Magic is located along Wilson Street, San Juan City. Cut-off for same-day orders is at 7 am daily. To order, you can message their Instagram page or Viber them at 0995 678 5910. – Rappler.com

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Steph Arnaldo

If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.