Mom just got back from Manila and everytime she does, she always brings home some treats like Krispy Kreme, Cinnabon and sometimes shoes or clothes. This time, it was something familiar yet still delightful. See, Mom had brought home some puto (steamed muffin) once before and I wondered why this of all things. The reason came with my first bite of the morsel....
A sleek black box said "Rajah Maynila". At first, I thought it was from a hotel (like Manila Hotel) but it was actually a new enterprise. Mom bought it from an outlet at NAIA 3 - huge colorful puto topped with cheese and some filled with yema or sweet custard. That first bite said it all... Moist, rich and flavorful, it was definitely the best I've tasted of its kind so far; puto I could never forget. I don't exactly know the flavors but they are all consistently of very fine quality. I love the texture, not too airy and doesn't stick to your teeth.
|with a cover that seems like the Manila Yacht Club|
|the colors make you wanna immediately grab one|
|with sweet custard filling|
These may look rather harmlessly small but this dessert is a heavy one that half of it is even already enough for me. It is also a very rich yet satisfying dessert, of consistent quality and texture. What was so awesome about this was that there was perfect harmony between the coconut milk and sugar. It was neither too sweet nor sticky and the coconut milk did not overpower the essence of the dessert. I also love that it is very colorful and neatly packaged.
But of course, there is a high price for high quality. Rajah Maynila fails to disappoint despite the demanding price though. Each sapin-sapin costs P 40. Mom bought half a dozen so that's a total of P 240. As for the puto, each is probably at P 35 or 40 but I think it's discounted if you buy by the dozen which is only P 205. So, it actually costs similar to Krispy Kreme! Whew! Quite some expensive native desserts/snacks but well worth it. Would you prefer these over Krispy Kreme?.... Nah. Haha. But what Rajah Maynila has produced is something to be proud of. I think these should even be exported.
Researching a bit about Rajah Maynila, I learned that they not only serve these gourmet kakanin or desserts but also a wide range of Filipino comfort food. Definitely something I'd love to check out when I get to visit Manila.
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