The popularity of the bibingka from Mandaue is mainly due to its main ingredient, the manually-pounded rice. Manually pounding the rice allows the rice to “breathe” in between each strike. This ensures it remains fresh before the other ingredients are added to it.
This delicious treat normally has margarine or butter on top and sprinkled with sugar and grated coconut. It is wrapped in young banana leaves that are heated over a small margarine flame. The banana leaves enhances the aroma of the rice cake.
The bibingka can last up to five days even if it is not stored inside a refrigerator. It is a filling snack that can be bought at the roadsides in Mandaue, especially in areas where tourist normally visit. It is also available in major supermarkets in Metro Cebu.