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    Leyte Tacloban Delicacies: Binagol and Moron

    A trip to a place for Tutubi won't be complete without him sampling what the locals are proud of like delicacies, food for his own consumption as well as pasalubong, a part of Filipino custom to take home something for his friends, family and office mates.

    This time, Tutubi "met" Leyte's delicacies with the binagol of Dagami , chocolate moron (how he loves the name) and pastillas of Carigara town.

    a pile of binagol sold on the sidewalk of Tacloban City public market. Binagol costs P25.00 each (about $0.50)

    binagol without the banana leaf cover exposing the sweet stuff inside on a coconut shell (picture taken using Canon Ixus 30)


    the chocolate moron, similar to suman but with chocolate flavor.

    How to make binagol? If you're looking for binagol recipe, look for those people who has been making them for generations in Dagami town. Binagol is sweetened taro (locals call the gabi species as talyan endemic in Palapag, Northern Samar) pudding with nuts Leyte. The talyan is first grounded then mixed with eggs, gata ng niyog (coconut milk), sugar, butter, nuts and chocolate. The mixture is placed in receptacles of coconut shells, called bagol (hence the name binagol), wrapped in banana leaves then steamed.

    Where to buy them? Tacloban market or from the towns who make them: Dagami for binagol, Carigara for pastillas, hubhob, and moron.

    No information yet on where to buy binagol in Manila. Tutubi has yet to see them in malls, even at weekend markets.

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:17 PM,

    24 Comments:

    At Dec 14, 2008, 10:36:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    wow, they look yummy! siguro meron nyan sa tiendesitas o sa newly reopened wow philippines.

     
    At Dec 14, 2008, 3:29:00 PM, Anonymous Friendz said...

    hey, its very nice to know some thing new about it....thanks

     
    At Dec 14, 2008, 10:52:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    carlotta, do buzz me if you find them here. kaka-miss :P

    friendz, yep. virtual travel and learning

     
    At Dec 14, 2008, 10:59:00 PM, Anonymous RennyBA said...

    Can't be more delicate than this - my mouth is watering as it is very exotic to a Norwegian of course.

    Bring some when you come to experience snow in Norway! :-)

     
    At Dec 16, 2008, 12:11:00 AM, Blogger Kyels said...

    I'm salivating. What is a Binagol actually? It sounds like a pastry yet not one, di ba?

     
    At Dec 16, 2008, 8:20:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    I used to live in the dorm that was run by a couple from Tacloban and they bring these to Manila and we got to sample them too. They are very good.

     
    At Dec 16, 2008, 10:44:00 AM, Anonymous palma tayona said...

    I think i saw binagol being sold in the food stalls in market! market!. these are those stalls located at the side of the outdoor eatery where they sell native delicacies. though am not so sure. it is shaped like that and piled on the cart.

     
    At Dec 16, 2008, 4:13:00 PM, Blogger acey said...

    i've never tried binagol... it looks cool!

     
    At Dec 16, 2008, 8:52:00 PM, Anonymous bw said...

    I love these scumptious desserts..chocolate moron?? hehe thats funny :)

     
    At Dec 17, 2008, 12:19:00 AM, Anonymous north sulawesi said...

    It's looked a little bit weird for me,hehehe...

     
    At Dec 18, 2008, 2:57:00 PM, Blogger Allan Barredo said...

    the binagol looks very appetizing! my mom used to cook a lot of these chocolate moron

     
    At Dec 20, 2008, 9:05:00 AM, Blogger Lawstude said...

    the chocolate moron sounds tempting. salamat sa pag-share.

     
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    At Dec 20, 2008, 4:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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    At Dec 27, 2008, 6:08:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    OMG, how terrible, I was just on another blog saying how jealous I was of this buddie loosing 33 pounds, and now you hit me with someting like this :-)
    Sounds delicious!

     
    At Jan 30, 2009, 12:42:00 PM, Blogger Amihan said...

    I miss eating moron and binagol. Last time I ate them was two years ago. meron pa ata din silang moron na cheese flavor :-)

     
    At Apr 24, 2009, 3:14:00 PM, Anonymous Cat said...

    It's nice to see that my mom's hometown's delicacy is slowly making its way to being known by fellow Filipinos and foreigners alike.

    I love going back to Leyte only to be fattened up by these sumptious desserts... moron and binagol. *drools*

    Of course, can't say no to Pastillas.

    We usually have it made for us when we visit. We know someone who knows someone who also knows someone, that kinda thing. LOL

    Binagol is not a pastry at all... it's like a pudding.

    Mind you, they weigh down your suitcase when you bring it overseas. >_<

    But you can remove the shell and use tinfoil instead.

    Cheers!

     
    At Apr 24, 2009, 9:26:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    cat, thanks for the visit. i think i'll be re-visiting tacloban soon :P

     
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    At Nov 18, 2009, 4:41:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    babydedz, i can't find your blog :(

     
    At Jan 9, 2010, 11:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi,

    moron is pronounce with faster "mo" with stress on the "ron"

    It is really very yummy and filling too, especially when premium/fresh ingredients are used in making it. There is a special moron with bits of peanuts.

     
    At Jan 24, 2012, 10:53:00 AM, Blogger aileen said...

    i miss eating binagol and moron...

     
    At Mar 15, 2012, 7:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'm from Tacloban City and it is true. What you see and read here ay totoo. Masarap talaga siya.Worth it. Dagami is a famous town of binagol. I always go there just to buy. Ngayon na nandito na ako sa Manila, nagpapabili parin ako ng binagol.

    If you want to order,you can contact me.Shipment is thru LBC.
    This is my number.748-0688. Please look for Alex.

     
    At Jun 17, 2012, 4:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    As far as I knew, the best moron is frm Abuyog Leyte.

     

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