19 Ube-infused treats to enjoy in Metro Manila

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Purple yum!

Also known as purple yam, ube is a distinctly Filipino flavour that has recently gained popularity in the international food scene, where purple yam flavour is used in cakes, cookies, chips, ice cream, and jams.

Looking for Filipino ube desserts and dishes in Metro Manila? We've got you covered.

21 Filipino Ube desserts and dishes that are worth the calories

1. Ube Leche Flan

Also known as Ube Chiffon Custard cake, this delectable combination of two Filipino favourites is as rich and creamy as you would expect. The light and spongey ube cake works well with the richer leche flan on top.

Where to get it: Artisan Emporium, Estancia, Capitol Commons, Pasig City

 

 

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2. Ube Tres Leches Cake

This creamy, sponge cake will be an instant favourite. Imagine the flavours of ube infused with generous helpings of milk topped with cream. Sold yet?

Where to get it: Kabila, Ayala Museum Complex, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati City

 

 

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3. Ube Mille Crepe Cake

This Filipino take on a Japanese dessert staple is made of light, fluffy alternating layers of crepe, macapuno, and ube.

Where to get it: Paper Moon Cafe, check their list of branches here

 

 

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4. Ube and White Chocolate Cookies

This comfort food is made with a purple yam base topped with white chocolate and pastillas. What makes this a must-try experience for ube lovers? It can be served with ube halaya milk!

Where to get it: Scout's Honor, Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Makati

 

 

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5. Ube Custard Cake

Ube chiffon mingles with layers of custard in this dessert. It's spongey base is made even creamier by the rich custard, much like the Artisan Emporium's ube leche flan mentioned above.

Where to get it: Conti's Bakeshop & Restaurant, check their list of branches here

 

 

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6. Ube Waffles with Soy Ginger Glaze Chicken

The Western favourite fried chicken and waffles gets a Filipino spin with this comforting dish. Just like the desserts mentioned in this list, there's always room for waffles!

Where to get it: Diner on 16th, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

 

 

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7. Ube Biscotti

These crunchy biscuit-like sticks are truly a refreshingly delicious Filipino take on Italy's favourite cookie.

Where to get it: The Blue Kitchen, Power Plant Mall (Makati), Shangri-la Plaza (Mandaluyong), Robinsons Magnolia (New Manila)

 

 

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8. Mango Ube Gelato

The classic Italian soft serve gets a charming Filipino spin in this creamy gelato concoction made with generous amounts of ube flavour, complete with rich ube chunks!

Where to get it: BONO Gelato, check their list of branches here.

 

 

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9. Ube Bombolini

Another Filipino take on an Italian favourite is this sweet doughnut that's oozing with ube filling.

Where to get it: Little Flour Cafe, BGC and Salcedo, Makati

 

 

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10. Halo-halo Ube Cake

Halo-halo is truly a Filipino favourite, but this one definitely takes the cake. It comes with that beloved ube and mango flavour, filled with all the goodness of the refreshing Filipino dessert. Craving yet?

Where to get it: UCC Vienna Cafe, check their list of branches here

 

 

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11. Ube Champorado

Okay, so this is more of a breakfast food than a dessert, but it definitely deserves a spot on any list about best Filipno ube desserts and dishes to try in the Metro. This new take on a childhood favourite is as creamy and rich as you'd expect champorado (chocolate rice porridge) to be. It's also topped with yema sauce or milik and dilis for that pleasant creamy boost and salty contrast.

Where to get it: Flossom Kitchen Café, Flossom Place, N. Averilla, San Juan City and Manam Comfort Filipino (check their list of branches here)

 

 

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12. Ube Milkshake

East meets west in this classic favourite. Imagine the creaminess of a milkshake topped with a variety of sweets or fruits (a huge dollop of whip cream, of course!) infused with the flavours of purple yam. Now this one will definitely bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard.

Where to get it: Sear Steak Scullery, Manresa, Quezon City and The Lost Bread HQ, Maginhawa, Quezon City

 

 

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13. Ube Egg Waffles

This Hong Kong street food staple gets a local makeover in this dessert that could also be a quick snack. Imagine warm, fluffy egg waffles envelope ube ice cream topped with cheese.

Where to get it: Eggettes & Co., SM Light Mall, Mandaluyong City

 

 

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14. Ube Torte

This creamy, crunchy treat combines the delicious flavours of ube and the pleasant crunch of nuts and breadcrumbs.

Where to get it: Bamba Bistro, BF Homes, Parañaque city

 

 

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15. Ube Halo-halo Shaved Snow

Imagine a fruity soft serve that fells like freshly fallen snow on your tongue and you'll have this unique dessert made with taro, beans, jackfruit, milk, and flan.

Where to get it: Vampire Penguin, Ayala Malls the 30th, Meralco Avenue, Pasig city

 

 

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16. Ube Churros

Can't decide if you're craving Mexican or Filipino food? With this unique treat, you don't have to choose. It combines the pleasant texture of warm churros topped with caramel, and chocolate syrup and frosting. Need we say more?

Where to get it: Titto's, Kapitolyo, Pasig

 

 

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17. Ube Bibingka

Bibingka is a tasty, comfort food favourite in the Philippines. But the beloved rice cake becomes even more flavourful infused with a yummy ube halaya swirl.

Where to get it: Manam Comfort Filipino, (check their list of branches here)

 

 

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18. Ube Velvet Cheesecake

Say cheesecake and you'll surely get some smiles! But this ube-flavoured creamy creation will bring even more joy.

Where to get it: Dolcelatte, 1616 South Triangle, Quezon Avenue

 

19. Puto Ube Souffle

This fluffy creation combines crowd favourites: puto, cheesecake and purple yam in a delightful dessert that's best served with a cup of coffee.

Where to get it: PILYO, check their Facebook page to know more

 

 

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Craving some Filipino ube desserts and dishes in Manila? Make it easier by keeping this list in mind!

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