Pangasinan Food Tour 2014: Calasiao

The baker and restaurateur in one

A bakeshop and a restaurant—a perfect combination. After eating at the restaurant, diners can go to the bakeshop for some pasalubong , or they can order some bread as well to complement their meal.
That’s what Jech’s is, a bakeshop and a restaurant rolled into one.

Located in Calasiao, Jech’s Bakeshop and Restaurant let us taste some of its specialty dishes. Regular finds, yes, but undeniably delicious and mouth-watering.

Chopsuey

Lengua
Pancit
Out of all the dishes served to us, however, my favourite was the glazed chicken which was really tasty and savory.

Glazed Chicken
Jech’s has been the venue for a great lot of celebrations. But, with or without an occasion to celebrate, it is a perfect spot for a family opting to dine out, or for a group of friends and colleagues looking for someplace to eat at after school and work.


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Bibingkang latik making

I am a kakanin (rice cake) lover.
When I was little, every time my mom visited her bestfriend at her office in Malabon, she would bring home a bilao of sapin sapin, a round kakanin with various colors that are pleasing to the eyes and irresistible for the stomach.


In Antipolo City where we used to live, I also had tasted many times the triangular kalamaywith latik sprinkled on top and suman which can be fried in margarine or butter.
Then in Pangasinan, my taste buds have been aquainted with other kinds of kakanin. One of these is bibingkang latik, a mixture of glutinous rice, coconut milk and sugar. Spread on top is a mixture of coconut milk and sugar. Recently, due to a project I’m currently working on (Basista’s audio-visual presentation), I was lucky enough to witness the step-by-step process in making this delicacy.
In Basista, Pangasinan, Kuya Romy is the lone bibingkang latik maker in Brgy. Dumpay. His product, however, is not sold at the public market. He only makes some when there are orders for such occasions as wedding and christening, or for pasalubong.

Even the employees at the municipal hall order bibingkang latikfrom Kuya Romy.
He showed us the arduous task of bibingka making including the extraction of coconut milk from coconut shavings.

For a 16-inch bibingkang latik, the following ingredients are needed:

2 kg malagkit (glutinous rice)
3 coconuts (1 for the malagkit, 2 for the coconut-sugar spread or katiba)
6 packs of white sugar (1/4 kg per pack—4 for the katiba, 2 for the malagkit)

Four packs of sugar had been cooked until it melted and turned red. Kuya Romy, then, poured the previously extracted coconut milk (from the shavings of the two coconuts) into the preparation. He boiled the mixture for about 45 minutes until it thickened. At the same time, he cooked the malagkit in another mixture of coconut milk and sugar, just the way we cook rice.

Later on, Kuya Romy transferred the cooked malagkit into the round earthenware laid with banana leaves and flattened it.

Then, he spread the katiba on top.

Another earthenware was placed on top of the one containing the preparation. Kuya Romy filled it with several pieces of wood and set them on fire later on. This would cook the preparation beneath.

Three hours later, et voila! Bibingkang latik was ready.

Prices:
Small, 8 inches-P300
Medium, 12 inches-P450
Large, 16 inches-P600
During the Holidays, production is at its peak and orders come rushing in.
While Basista pushes for the promotion of bibingkang latik as its One Town, One Product (OTOP), Kuya Romy wishes to acquire a huge concrete stove (pugon) with a chimney. That way, he said, he could increase his production to meet the growing demand for this delectable delicacy.


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