Binungey, a taste of Bolinao

Posted by: Carlo Lorenzo

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Binungey is probably the most popular “kakanin” in Bolinao. Kakanin is usually something made of sticky rice.

Binungey is also called bamboo cake. But of course it’s nothing like the cake we know. It has a sticky texture and there’s a hint of bamboo flavor that goes with it. It’s served inside bamboo with banana leaf covering it. It’s best eaten with sugar.

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It’s sold in different places in Bolinao, most especially in front of Bolinao Church, otherwise known as St. James The Great Parish. Where do they make the binungey sold outside the church?

St. James The Great Parish

St. James The Great Parish

I went to the house of Noime Gale in Barangay Arnedo, Bolinao. This is where they cook hundreds of binungey sold outside the church and other areas of Bolinao. The ingredients and cooking materials include: sticky rice, coconut milk, salt, banana leaves, bamboo poles and coconut husks.

with Noimi and her husband

with Noimi and her husband

The first step is for them to cut bamboo poles so there’s an open part and a sealed part.

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Clean the raw sticky rice and pour it into the bamboo.

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Grate the coconut meat, mix with water, and squeeze out the coconut milk using cheese cloth.

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Pour the coconut milk into the bamboo with a little salt.

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Seal the top with a banana leaf.

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Pile coconut husks and form two lines, like the one shown in the picture below.

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Put the bamboo with the sticky rice, coconut milk and salt in between the two lines. Cover these with a part of the banana tree trunk and bamboo.

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Light the two rows of coconut husks.

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Wait for about an hour or two for the binungey to be completely cooked. Enjoy!

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Large: 3 pieces for Php200
Small: 3 for Php100

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    • Carlo Lorenzo

      thanks travel in boots :)

  • Bing Aganed

    good day.Thank you for sharing this. Need to add this article in my RRL . mind if i will copy one of your photos to my thesis? tnx