About year ago, we saw the hype of everything ube-flavored rise as Pantone's Color Of The Year was the rich purple shade we associate with this sweet yam. This flavor has been a part of the Filipino culture pretty much forever, and we're definitely getting more creative in the ways we incorporate it in our food. Plus, ube continues to gain popularity in other countries, which gives us even more ways to enjoy it! Ube lovers, this list is for you – if you haven't tried these dishes and desserts around Metro Manila yet, you're missing out!
Manam's Ube + Sago Pampalamig
This refreshing drink from Manam Comfort Filipino has gained a cult following around the metro. The Ube + Sago Pampalamig (P110) is easily one of the restaurant's most recognized and loved menu items, with it's refreshingly cold and milky ube flavor loaded with sago. It's incredibly satisfying especially on days you just need something to beat the heat, and makes for a great pair with your favorite Manam dishes like crispy sisig or pancit palabok!
Cara Mia's Classic Ube Cake
Cara Mia launched their Classic Ube Cake (P880) in the second half of 2018, and people haven't stopped talking about it since. This cake consists of layers of ube chiffon and ube halaya filling, topped with a lavender purple whipped cream. People rave about the real ube used in the cake that truly makes it a Filipino classic. Bring this soft, fluffy cake to your next family reunion or potluck to make everyone look forward to dessert!
Bellefleur by Beatrix's Frozen Ube Brazo
This next dessert from Bellefleur by Beatrix is a combination of two well-loved Filipino treats: ube and brazo de mercedes. Their Frozen Ube Brazo (P200/slice, P1200/whole) is the store's bestseller for a reason – the thick layers of meringue, creamy filling, and homemade ube ice cream with a graham cracker crust. It might seem a bit rich, but the sweetness is balanced and not overpowering that you'll be finishing a slice in no time. If you do want something on the sweeter side, though, the Ube Leche Flan is another popular Bellefleur dessert.
The Fat Seed Cafe + Roastery's Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce
To balance out the sweet ube with something more savory, The Fat Seed Cafe + Rostery's take on chicken and waffles is something unique to try. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle (P325) is just as delicious and filling as it sounds, and comes with bacon-infused maple syrup, salted egg sauce, and picked red onion on the side. All in all, this sweet and salty mix is one of the best selling and signature dishes of the restaurant – how could one ignore a plate that gives such a picturesque pop of color like that?
Kanto Freestyle 65º's Ube Crème Brûlée
Kanto Freestyle Breakfast is known for serving their comfort breakfast meals 24/7 in different branches around the metro. Their newer, leveled up concept Kanto Freestyle 65º still offers the freestyle breakfast customers love, but also includes specialty drinks and freshly baked pastries. They put their own twist on the French dessert with the Ube Crème Brûlée (P120), which is like a creamy leche flan filled with real ube and topped with torched sugar. The perfect sweet treat to cap off your savory breakfast meal!
Caffe Freddo's Ube Pancake
Upgrade your favorite brunch with some ube goodness! Caffe Freddo in BGC opened just last March, and offers all-day breakfast choices. They serve extra large, fluffy pancakes in different flavors – the Ube Panckae (P250) is topped with coconut butter and a side of muscovado sugar. Think puto bumbong transformed into pancake version! Can't get enough of ube? Try their Ube Freddo drink in place of your usual iced coffee.
Ellipsis Coffee's Ube Latte
Ube fans from Antipolo, or people who often make the drive up to this area, will be glad to know that Ellipsis Coffee has the perfect beverage for them. Ellipsis Coffee is a specialty shop that serves single origin coffee, drinks, and food. They've incorporated ube into their menu with the Ube Latte (P120/hot, P140/iced). The cold version is a great pick-me-up on warm days, while the hot latte is the perfect companion to the chilly Antipolo night time. Also, there's no need to worry about getting jittery from having too much of this sweet drink – the Ube Latte has no caffeine content.
Scout's Honor's Gooey Ube
For a quick snack that you can enjoy any time, head to Scout's Honor for an ube cookie! The Gooey Ube (P95) is made with a soft, chewy homemade ube dough, filled with chunks of marshmallow and mango. It's a uniquely Filipino creation amongst the American Girl Scout-inspired cookies by Scout's Honor, and although one piece is enough to hit the spot, we wouldn't blame you if you couldn't help yourself to a second cookie. Keep in mind, this flavor is only available at their Hole in the Wall branch at Century City Mall!