One of the classic Filipino merienda treats is the Binignit (in Bisaya) or Guinataan (in Tagalog). These coldy, windy, rainy days are the times when a lot of us miss it. I know I do.
Binignit is a stew made from coconut milk with some fresh and processed sweet fruits such as gabi (taro), bananas, ube (purple yam), kamote (sweet potatoes) and langka (jackfruit). For texture, some add sago (tapioca pearls). My favorite ingredient which some scrimp on is the bilo bilo. These are rice ball made from glutinous rice. To thicken the stew or to further add texture, some add ground glutinous rice to it.
It’s a thick sweet stew with a hint of sourness from some of the fruits. It can be eaten hot especially when it’s cold. But it can also be eaten at room temperature. Some prefer to eat it cold. I don’t as it loses some flavor when chilled. It is great as a snack or as a dessert.
After some searching, I finally found a great place to eat Binignit. The place is Mama Da’s. It serves a delicious and generous bowl of Bignignit for only P20. And their version includes jackfruit seeds. Another treat that reminds me of my childhood. Yummm…
Whenever I want to eat Binignit, Mama Da’s is the place I go to.
Mama Da’s is located at Torres Street, Davao City. They are open from 9 am – 7 pm, Mondays to Saturdays.