Chances are you’ve already started buying ingredients for binignit or tabirak, a staple dessert dish for Filipinos especially during the Holy Week when eating meat is forbidden.

Prices of sweet potato (kamote), purple yam (ube), yam (gabi), sticky rice (malagkit or pilit), plantains (saba) and tapioca, among others and even cassava (kamoteng kahoy) used in suman are also expected to rise with the increased demand. Accordingly, the term binignit is used in Central Visayas especially in Cebu while Cebuano-speaking areas in Mindanao refer to it as tabirak. Cooking it takes effort and time but worth it.

Cooking it for the first time? Check our old post below.

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