I love rice cakes very much and whenever I see a new one in places that I travel to, I always make it a point to taste it. During an Enduro event in Camarines Sur, I got curious at one of the food brought by a lady and laid out on the table. It was beautifully wrapped and when opened, was a rice cake in a deep shade of purple, owing to the tapol, Cebuano for the purple sticky rice used.
Binamban, the lady told me, taking its name from the large leaf used. It was the first time that I have seen one not using blanched banana leaves as wrapper and unwrapping it was a delight. While other delicacies just have simple folds or rolls, this one has several folds.
I like the semi sweetness of this rice cake, which I think will go well with a hot thick chocolate drink. The aroma is earthy and the leaf doesn’t impart a particular odor or taste. As for its availability, the lady told me that its a native delicacy of Lagonoy, a municipality in the Partido area, northeast of Naga City and is only available ordered, not something you see being sold openly.