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Pinasugbo you’ll LOVE; A Biscocho you’ll surely miss

Submitted by on December 9, 2011 – 10:51 amNo Comment

Pinasugbo IloiloIt’s been raining all week at Iloilo, it seems this would be a very wet Christmas for us here. And because of the cold and wet weather we’re having, most of us prefer staying at home. Aside from watching TV, what else do you do when stuck inside your house? Hmmm… might as well indulge yourself in eating. Yeah, that’s it – we’re living at a city which is very passionate about food. So a day will not be complete without our local mouth-watering delicacies.


When I was a kid, my Lola used to send us boxes of Ilonggo delicacies in Tarlac. Aside from piayas, pinasugbo always attracts my taste buds because of its sweet, crunchy and chewy taste. Pinasugbo is a banana that is thinly sliced, deep fried, coated with really thick caramel and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The caramel coating makes the pinasugbo stick together so unwrapping it from the package and separating the bundled pinasugbo is bit of a challenge (that’s an exaggeration). The bottom part of the pinasugbo is also wrapped with paper to make eating it a little less messy. I just hope they’ll also make the paper edible because I always accidentally eat the wrapper that has stuck on its sticky surface.

Ah, the memories of childhood – hands filled with caramel, with some shards of pinasugbo stuck in my teeth (at times you can’t resist the urge to remove them with your fingers). You’ll find the joy of childhood in every bite of pinasugbo – sweet and crunchiness.


Pinasugbo is a very popular dessert in the south; and you will surely encounter one in a local delicacy or pasalubong store. So if you’re visiting Iloilo or any province in Western Visayas, treat your family and friends by having pinasugbo as your pasalubong.



Biscocho is surely a signature Ilonggo delicacy, you’ll never complete a treat without this sweet and crispy biscuit-like bread. Biscocho is made of eggs, flour, and milk, glazed with butter and sprinkled with sugar on top. I usually partner biscocho with a very hot coffee or choco. At times, I dip the biscocho to make it soften a bit (if you have tooth problems, you’ll find this helpful).

Biscocho Iloilo

In Iloilo you’ll find biscochos in every corner and an Ilonggo would definitely offer you one if you’re a tourist in for a gastronomic trip in the city. Iloilo’s Original Biscocho Haus makes the best biscocho. You’ll never go wrong with their biscocho especially if you’re bringing one to your friends or relatives.

Biscocho Haus

Biscocho Haus in Pavia along the highway going to the airport; stop by and buy your friends a true Ilonggo pasalubong treat.

Biscocho Haus Iloilo


Might as well take a lunch or merienda of Ilonggo dishes at their resto, Carlitos'.

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