Move over matcha, it looks like there’s a new player in town.
Unless you’ve been living under an Instagram-less rock for the past few months, you probably would have noticed a certain local purple ingredient popping up on the timelines and feeds of some US-based restaurants.
Yup, it seems like our ube (that’s purple yam for our non-Filipino speaking readers) has made it to the kitchens of restaurants in cities like New York and Toronto. GQ even called ube as the next big thing in the dessert world, with one Brooklyn restaurant’s gold flake-covered ube donuts selling for a whopping $1,000 per dozen.
The version without gold flakes, meanwhile, requires you to wait for three weeks before you can get your hands on it.
But of course, nothing will ever beat our own local restaurants’ take on the classic Filipino ingredient. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of ten ube desserts that you can get right here in the Metro.
1. Ube Mille Crepe Cake from Paper Moon Café (₱225)
While Paper Moon Café may not be entirely local (it’s originally from Tokyo!), they do have a Filipino twist on their crepe mille cake. The cake is made of alternating layers of ube and macapuno and is topped off with a layer of crumbled ube chiffon cake.
Paper Moon Café has branches in Alabang Town Center, SM Megamall, TriNoma, Glorietta 3, SM Aura, Uptown Mall, SM City Fairview, and Eastwood Mall.
2. Mango Ube Symphony from BONO Gelato (₱150)
While gelato may be a quintessential Italian dessert, BONO Gelato gives it a unique Filipino flavor by using local ingredients. Make sure to try out their Mango Ube Symphony, which is the sweet combination of Philippine mangoes and purple yam.
You can find BONO Gelato at SM Makati, Podium, SM Aura, SM Megamall, Century City Mall, and Bonifacio Stopover.
3. Ube Cheesecake from UCC Vienna Café (₱250)
With a crunchy graham crust and a soft ube base, this cheesecake from UCC Café is ideal for those who are craving for that classic New York cheesecake but with a Filipino twist. It’s even lovingly topped with generous amounts of grated cheese.
UCC Vienna Café has branches in Corinthian Hills, Banawe, Greenhills, Podium, Tomas Morato, Greenbelt 5, SM Mall of Asia, and Ayala Center.
4. Ube Custard Cake from Conti’s (₱865 for the whole cake)
Conti’s may be known for their Mango Bravo but did you know that they can also make a mean ube cake? Our tita’s favorite bakeshop makes their ube cake with classic chiffon intertwined with creamy custard layers.
You can find Conti’s in Trinoma, BF Homes, Robinsons Magnolia, Katipunan, Greenhills, Serendra, Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt, Mall of Asia, Ayala Fairview Terraces, Shaw Blvd, Bluebay Walk, Westgate Center, SM North Edsa, and Robinsons Place Manila.
5. Ube Chiffon Custard Cake from Artisan Emporium (₱180)
Who knew you could combine leche flan and ube? Made with a light and buttery ube chiffon base and a dense leche flan topping, this cake from Artisan Emporium is the perfect combination of two favorite Pinoy desserts.
Artisan Emporium is located in Estancia, Meralco Ave., Capitol Commons, Pasig.
6. Ube Rolls from Blue Kitchen (₱130)
Not quite cookies and not quite wafers, these rolls from Blue Kitchen are crunchy and extra ube-y. Each piece is filled with an ube cream center and is great alone or paired with a steaming hot cup of coffee.
Blue Kitchen can be found in Shangri-La Plaza, Power Plant Mall, and Robinsons Magnolia.
7. Ube and White Chocolate Cookies (₱135) and Ube Milk (₱115) from Scout’s Honor
Hole in the Wall favorite, Scout’s Honor decided to enter the ube game with not just one but two desserts made with the purple ingredient. There’s their ube and white chocolate cookies, which is made with a purple yam base and topped off with generous amounts of white chocolate chips. You can pair it off with their Ube Milk, which, like the cookies, is made with ube halaya from Baguio.
You can find Scout’s Honor in Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Makati.
8. Piaya with Ube Ice Cream from Sarsa (₱145)
While the piaya may be the main star of the show, don’t count out that ube ice cream center out just yet. The ube actually pairs well with the crispy piaya and helps to balance out the sweetness of the muscovado caramel drizzle.
Sarsa Kitchen+Bar has branches in SM Mall of Asia, Legazpi Village, SM Megamall, and UP Town Center.
9. House Made Leche Flan from Providore (₱95)
A mini dessert that combines not one but three Filipino favorites: leche flan, ube, and macapuno! The ube here is in glaze form while the macapuno is added on top with toasted coconut strips. Mary Love S. writes in her looloo review, “I loved its soft and creamy texture and the contrast with the chewy macapuno bits.”
You can find Providore at the G/F of SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
10. The Good Shepherd from Freezer Burn (₱295)
If you’re a huge fan of Baguio’s Good Shepherd Ube then you absolutely have to try this “composed dessert” from Freezer Burn. Here’s what inside: purple cotton candy, Good Shepherd ube ice cream topped with meringue bits, and cheese muffins. Reich T. in her looloo review says, “This is the best tasting ube ice cream in my humble opinion. Yes, it is not too sweet! No cloying factor. Best eaten with the cheese muffins.”
You can find Freezer Burn at the G/F of B3, Bonifacio High Street, 11th Ave. cor. 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
BONUS: Ube Waffles with Soy Ginger Glaze Chicken from Diner on 16th (₱295)
Okay, so this isn’t technically a dessert but we have to give creativity points for Diner on 16th for coming up with this dish. We’ve all had the classic fried chicken but we’ve never had it with ube waffles. It’s a delicious blend of savory and sweet and is a unique dish that you probably can’t find anywhere else.
Diner on 16th is located at 16 United St. cor. Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig.