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The Piaya I LOVE!

Submitted by on August 20, 2011 – 8:14 pm4 Comments

Iloilo Piaya Muscovado FlavorWhy would an adventure at Western Visayas be never complete without the sweet crunchiness of a piaya?

What’s a piaya? Bless you, it’s not a bird or as Wikipedia defines it a cuckoo seen at Mexico. A piaya is a flat circular unleavened bread with creamy muscovado as its filling. Originated at the Sugar Capital, Negros, piaya has become a common delicacy at other Visayan regions.

Piaya is one of my favorite delicacies here at Iloilo. Everytime someone from Iloilo visits us at Tarlac, my grandmother  would never fail to send us a box of piaya. For many years as a child, I equated Iloilo with the sweetness and crisp of a piaya. The  flakiness of the dough, sweet muscovado, and crunchy sesame seeds offers a distinct flavor of this delicacy.

How do we prepare piaya?

A dough made of water, flour, and some water is prepared and spooned with moistened muscovado sugar at the center.The dough is then re-shaped and flattened using a rolling pin before closing the edges. Sesame seeds are at times sprinkled to add a nutty taste and delicate crunch.

The piaya are then arranged and cooked on open flat “ovens”. Once the underside turned to a shade of brown, the piayas are flipped to cook the other side. They are then cooled and packed. In addition to muscovado flavored piayas, other variations include ube-filled ones.

I love Piaya of Iloilo

For home made piayas, here’s the ingredients:
all-purpose flour
oil
muscovado sugar
water
sesame seeds

Piayas are sold at almost every street and “pasalubong centers” here at Iloilo and Negros so you won’t have any excuse to bring home a pack.

‘Nuff said, let’s crunch some piaya with a hot mug of choco!

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