Tikoy Takes a New Shape in 2010

Chinese New Year is always celebrated by the Chinese on the 7th day of the 7th month according to the Lunar Calendar. This year, 2010, that day falls on still another big event – Valentine’s Day.

To celebrate the New Year, Chinese families usually buy glutinous rice cake (locally called tikoy) to give out to friends, family and colleagues.

Tikoy in the Philippines has truly evolved. When I was small, all we had was the usual white tikoy.

What used to be just plain white tikoy evolved into a brown version some years ago as more people preferred to eat brown sugar over white.

Then a few years ago, we began to see flavors that can only be found in the Philippines as these use locally found ingredients. Yup, you can’t find these in places like Hong Kong!

I took shots of these from our local Diao Eng Chay store near home:

Ube tikoy

Pandan tikoy

But this year, there is one tikoy that you won’t find in Chinese stores for many, many years to come till the moon is in the same place it will be this year on Feb. 14.

Valentine Tikoy!!!!





7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rach (Heart of Rachel)
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 00:05:35

    Wow, there’s a Valentine Tikoy! So nice! We bought ube flavored tikoy.

    @Rach – Meron!!! Check it out! 🙂


  2. betty
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 15:28:32

    in singapore the chinese celebrate by giving two oranges to each other and ang paw(red packets with money) to unmarried members of the family


  3. Janette Toral
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 19:27:52

    Wow Valentine Tikoy. I missed that one. Did it had any special flavoring?

    @Janette – I am not sure of the valentine tikoy’s flavoring. My guess is strawberry.


  4. itswhatwewant
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 06:14:58

    the heart-shaped tikoy is just soo cute! :p


  5. Shina
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 11:23:55

    Hi mommyjane, nice meeting you yesterday.

    Valentine tikoy is cool 😀 Clever idea 😀

    @Shina – Hi there! Nice to have met you too. 🙂


  6. Meikah Delid
    Feb 28, 2010 @ 22:57:37

    It’s actually amazing how the tikoy has evolved through the years, just like the hopia. We now have several flavors.

    I have observed this because every Chinese New Year and Mooncake Festival, we always get tikoy and mooncakes from our Chinese friends. And they are always of the yummy kind! 🙂

    @Meikah – Yes, tikoy has evolved. I am waiting to see if they will ever come out with durian tikoy. LOL


  7. u8mypinkcookies
    Jun 27, 2010 @ 14:34:34

    I don’t really enjoy eating tikoy dipped in egg. I only like the ready to eat tikoy rolls sold in Eng Bee Tin. The one with red bean or peanut filling 😛


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