It’s a bibingka but not quite. Our knife cut through the cake too easily and went in deeper than expected. This is definitely not your midnight mass rice cake. Well, how can it be? It came in a nice little green box that says Deli by Chele.
Just a few days before the start of the ber months, the BGC deli known for its “sustainable products” has come up with a holiday treat that looks like a bibingka from the outside but is actually a cheesecake inside—with the familiar bibingka qualities mixed in the luxurious, creamy, cheesy filling. It’s name is Chika—“cheesecake” and “bibingka” put together. (How’d you guess? JK.)
The confection is in keeping with the deli’s vision of exploration and innovation, and crafting products that not only celebrate timeless artisanal techniques but also reimagine local and foreign flavors. Chika brings together the flavors and aromas of the traditional bibingka and the luscious texture and notes of the deli’s famous burnt Basque cheesecake.
“I love bibingka,” says deli by Chele’s co-executive chef Carlos Villaflor. “For me, a warm bibingka, wrapped in a charred banana leaf brings up happy memories, celebrating the holidays with family and friends. There are few things more Filipino than that.” The challenge for the deli team was how to honor the staff’s shared experience of the bibingka while creating something new and unique.
Having had the privilege of traveling to Spain’s Basque region to train with some the best chefs in the world, Carlos has acquired an intimate understanding of the making of the beloved burnt cheesecake. By marrying the classic ingredients of a bibingka with the techniques he learned from the Basque region, Carlos and his team came up with Chika.
Chika comes in a 6.5 inch cake and is priced at PhP960 (including shipping cost). “I hope Chika brings happiness,” says Carlos. “Not just during special days but also when you just want to share some joy and comfort with the people you love.”
To order, visit www.delibychele.com