Bubur Cha Cha meets Binignit
After a whole week’s posts about Kuala Lumpur, I thought I should feature a dish that relates back to Malaysia. Today I bring you Malaysia’s BUBUR CHA CHA and my hometown Cebu’s BINIGNIT. The two are very similar in ingredients, appearance and taste.
Bubur Cha Cha
Bubur Cha Cha
Sweet Potato And Yam Pudding
2 Small (450 g) Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 /2 (120 g) Yam, diced
1 ½ Tbsp Sago Pearls, rinsed
1 Tin (400 ml) Coconut Milk
150 ml Water
2 Pandan Leaves
3 Tbsp Sugar or more to taste
A Pinch of Salt
- Steam the sweet potato and yam on a high heat for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked.
- In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, pandan leaves, and water and bring it to a boil. Then add Sago pearls and cook for about 5 minutes.
- Mix in the sweet potato and yam and continue to simmer and season with sugar and salt. Serve immediately.
A warm fruit and root crop stew
1 pc white gabi (taro root),cubed
(you can substitute with cassava if available)
1/2 cup sugar
2 pcs yellow camote (sweet potatoes),cubed
1/2 tsp salt
1 pc ube (purple yam),cubed
4 tbsps landang or tapioca
4 ripe Saba (plantain)bananas,sliced
6 bulbs ripe Langka (jackfruit)
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup coconut milk,diluted with water
- Cook gabi, camote, ubi, and Saba (plantain bananas) in diluted coconut milk.
- Add sugar, salt, and landang (or tapioca).
- Add Langka then simmer until all ingredients are tender and mixture is thick.
- Add 2 cups coconut milk. Cook in medium heat.
- Do not boil or liquid will curdle. Adjust amount of coconut milk to your available ingredients.
- Serve hot.
Here’s the way I like my BINIGNIT:
just bananas, landang and sago in assorted colours
Photo by Paulina Constancia
Everytime I go home to Cebu, I always ask the family cook to make some Binignit for me. It always brings back memories of when I was a young girl helping out in our food business. I made a sign to promote our BINIGNIT (which was available as an afternoon snack) and it read: “Init nga binignit,sa tiyan manggunit!”(literal meaning: “Warm binignit, sticks to the belly!” Fig.meaning: “Have some warm binignit – it’s pretty filling!”)