Craving for homemade kakanin? Th owners of home-based shop Kobe’s Magic often did too, prompting them to make – and eventually sell – their takes on their favorite traditional Pinoy delicacies.
Kobe’s Magic is a product of a mother’s obsession with native cakes and a love letter to their young children, Kobe and Magic. The couple-owned, San Juan City-based shop offers inutak, biko bibingka, palitaw, ginataang bilo-bilo, and other regional treats.
“Ever since I was a kid, I loved eating kakanin, so I had been on the continuous search of the best kakanin that I could find in the Metro. My husband and I even went to nearby provinces last year (Rizal, Bulacan, and Tarlac) to satisfy my cravings,” she said.
“Due to the lockdown and having so much free time, I experimented and created my favorite kakanin. At first, I was just giving it to families and friends, but due to their urge for me to sell it, I gave in,” she added.
Their biko bibingka is also a comforting treat worth trying, if you enjoy the caramelized, sticky rice delicacy. Baked in pandan leaves, the rice is soft, chewy, and sweet, generously topped with a syrup made of coconut milk and dark brown sugar for that distinctly addictive, caramel flavor. It costs P149 for the solo size, P199 for the sharing size, and P499 for the party size.
If you prefer your bibingka simpler and less sweet with just latik (the sweet, solids you get when you simmer coconut milk for a long time), Kobe’s Magic also has that version for P149 (although it’s less moist than biko). You can have it in ube flavor, too!
Kobe’s Magic also has puto bumbong, palitaw, and bilo-bilo. All three are more on the chewier, firmer side. However, the sauce that the bilo-bilo is served in (coconut milk and sugar) is good, and is served with latik, too.