One of the true unsung heroes of Filipino cuisine is the ginataan, a snack made with coconut milk, chopped fruit, and sticky rice balls that’s like the warmed-up cousin of the iced dessert halo-halo. A new food concept, however, might just turn the traditional dessert into a millennial trend.
The team behind dessert shop The Lost Bread just launched Go Ginataan, which serves the snack three ways — in Instagrammable packaging, of course.
A classic ginataan they call the Go Ginataan is made with gata (coconut milk), kamote (sweet potato), saba (sweet plantain), bilo-bilo (sticky rice balls), mini sago (pearls), langka (jackfruit), and ube (purple yam) sauce.
It is served warm and comes in three sizes. The smallest is called Bulilit and will be priced at PHP35 (US$.69), while the Solo is PHP55 (US$1.08), and the largest, the Fiesta, is PHP85 (US$1.67).
There’s also the Gata Float, which is the classic ginataan topped with an ube macapuno (purple yam and coconut) soft-serve ice cream.
This comes in two sizes: the Bulilit is PHP65 (US$1.28), while the Solo is PHP85 (US$1.67). Those who just want the ice cream can also order it on its own for PHP35 (US$.69).
Gunning for the hearts of milk tea lovers is the Gata Sip, a cold coconut milk drink with some of the same mix-ins as the classic ginataan, including the pearls and sticky rice balls.
It comes in one size priced at PHP85 (US$1.67).
Go Ginataan currently has two branches — one in SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City and another in Robinsons Place Manila — but it plans to open at other locations in the future.
Go Ginataan is at SM Food Court, LG/F Building A, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City
Open daily, 10am – 10pm
2nd location: 3/F Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
Open Sunday – Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday – Saturday, 10am – 10pm
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