When I saw a photo of Pilyo’s Bibingka Cheesecake Souffle on Instagram, I immediately had two thoughts:
- “Damn, that looks good!”
- “Bibingka Cheesecake Souffle?! What is that???”
Curious, I then clicked on their profile and was surprised to read that though they are promoting Filipino desserts, Pilyo is actually “born in Sydney.” I was even more intrigued… maybe because my husband is also from Sydney, and I really didn’t know of any uniquely Australian desserts aside from the Pavlova, Lamingtons, and okay, Tim Tams.
100% FILIPINO, 101% CHEEKY.
Bibingka is a famous native Filipino rice cake, often eaten during Christmas time right after the Christmas night mass (“Simbang Gabi.”) Pilyo (which means “playful” or “cheeky” in English) makes the bibingka an even more exciting dessert by preserving the well-loved Filipino flavors and adding bold combinations and using modern cooking techniques to make it more current.
The people behind Pilyo say: “We put the cheek in Grandma Filo’s food using a playful approach reflective of Australian culture whilst paying tribute to traditional flavours. So come and shout “wala ‘yan sa lola ko!” (Nothing like your grandmother’s cooking!)”
FROM SYDNEY TO MANILA
The chefs behind Pilyo worked as the site caterer for the café and functions at Cammeray Golf Club in the lower North Shore of Sydney, and they thought that was the perfect opportunity to introduce Filipino food on the menu. The response was positive, and from then on, it became their mission to put Filipino cuisine on the Sydney food map.
Now, after 10 years of living in Sydney, the folks at Pilyo returned home and brought their winning recipes, extensive experience, and avant-garde techniques back with them. Lucky for us living in Manila, we can finally get our hands on their delightful cheesecake souffles!
I had the pleasure of trying all three different flavors of the cheesecake souffles over the weekend… (all at the same time, mind you, because they were all so yummy!) and I was hooked!
These cheesecake souffles are fluffy, moist, and airy! Each one had a distinct taste and texture – they stayed true to the original format (meaning the bibingka cheesecake soufflé actually tasted like bibingka) but elevated its flavors and really gave it an interesting twist. Both Mike and I liked the Puto Ube the best, but all of them are good. They’re not too sweet, so it doesn’t feel too heavy, yet despite the light flavor and feel of these desserts, they’re also rich and filling at the same time.
I wouldn’t mind snacking on these on a bad day and immediately feeling better after because they’re just so nice to eat! These treats are also nice to bring to a family gathering. Not only are they yummy, but they’re also one-of-a-kind. For sure, everyone from the kids to the grannies will want to get their hands on these!
PILYO SYDNEY MANILA
Phone: +63 917 639 6229
Address: Pick up from North Greenhills, San Juan
Disclosure: I received these samples for free in exchange for a blog post. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.