Aside from being a tourist destination, Leyte is known to have tasty delicacies that will surely make you want more. Here are six well-known delicacies among many of Leyte you must try!
Visiting Leyte is not complete when you don’t buy this delicious treat. Whether eating it during your stay here or give it as a pasalubong to your loved ones, this delicacy will surely satisfy everyone. Binagol is a mixture of flour, sugar, milk, and the crushed “talyan,” a root crop similar to cassava. The ingredients are cooked and packed on top of a halved coconut shell and covered with banana leaves. The most delicious part is in the middle since the sweet part is concentrated here. It is native to Dagami, Leyte, but can also be found in other towns.
Glutinous rice cooked in cocoa and coconut milk, this sweet goodie is as famous as the Binagol. Originally from Tacloban City, this rice cake is smooth and a bit oily. Like the Binagol, it is wrapped in banana leaf.
Another version of a local rice cake is the Suman-Latik. Made from glutinous rice, coconut milk, brown sugar and flavored with a lye solution, which makes the taste distinct, then wrapped in banana leaf, this dessert is served with the “latik” sauce on top and is best when consumed with coffee or hot chocolate. Grated coconut meat can also be used as a topping.
Native to Barugo, Leyte, Roscas are delicious cookies but harder to bite. Ingredients include lard, anise, flour, sugar, butter, and eggs.
Although this is sold in other parts of the country, Bukayo is made from coconuts, an abundance of which is present in the islands. This delicacy is perfect for people who love sweet desserts since this is made from a mixture of brown or white sugar and strips of young coconut strip boiled in water.
Vacuum Fried Jackfruit
Developed by a faculty member from Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte, this nutritious food product is made from the pulp of ripe jackfruit. This is a healthy food snack because of its natural ingredient that is processed without any use of artificial preservatives and sugar. The process consists of the jackfruit being dehydrated and vacuumed in a fryer. The end-product is a delicious, bite-sized snack that is neither bland nor too sweet.
The next time you or any of your friends and relatives visit Leyte, do not forget to grab some of these delicacies native to the island. At the end of the day, one or two will become your favorite!