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Biko is a Filipino sweet rice dessert that is traditionally vegan. It sometimes uses jackfruit in the filling, topped with either caramel sugar or with latik (coconut milk crumbles). In my case I also used jackfruit as the topping which added a vibrant contrast to the dish.
Instead of cooking Biko with the usual white sticky rice, I used the purple rice that Eighth Wonder has sent me to sample, it is called “Ifugao Diket” (I wonder if “diket” literally means what it is in Tagalog, “to stick” or “sticky”). Seems obvious but I don’t want to assume.
THE VERDICT ON IFUGAO DIKET:
Ifugao Diket’s dark purple rice didn’t only give out a rich color, it also gave a wonderful texture. It wasn’t as mushy as its white rice counterpart. As expected, the purple rice tasted like it had less sugar content, which is good news to those watching their sugar intake. A healthier option than white rice, but tastier option than brown.
To learn more about Ifugao Diket or other rice from Eighth Wonder, visit their site at www.heirloomrice.com