Going back to our old days. Whenever Dad came home from work, he always bought some pasalubong for us. Guess what was our favorite. It was the ampaw.
The ampaw looks like a golden ball of rice. Often taste bitter sweet. Some folks were telling us it is made of old cooked rice, bahaw. Others were telling it is made of rice puff. Well, the latter tell the truth.
Luyang Dilaw Candy
This little thing looks like little bars of chocolate.
They are not chocolate, they are luyang dilaw candies. It is a hard candy but very brittle. Biting won’t break your teeth. A no tooth decay is not guaranteed though.
The first taste impression is bitter sweet then the spicy luyang dilaw taste begin to lingers.
It is a mixture of turmeric ginger, sugar and corn syrup.
The first delectable espasol I’ve ever tasted came from Laguna. I bought it during official business trip.
However the above product never came from the mentioned province. This one came from Tagaytay City – about 15 minutes away from my home town. This version is smaller but the taste is comparable, great.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.