Latik

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Latik
Dessert topping
Suman with latik.jpg
Cassava suman smothered in latik
Place of origin:
Philippines
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook Latik
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Latik
Dessert topping
Suman with latik.jpg
Cassava suman smothered in latik
Place of origin:
Philippines
Recipes at Wikibooks:
Cookbook Latik
Media at Wikimedia Commons:
Wikimedia Commons  Latik
Roasted Latik (made from pure coconut milk extracted from fresh mature grated coconut meat), a by-product of coconut healing oil in Philippines.

Latík (Tagalog pronunciation: [laˈtɪk] la-TIK) refers to two different ingredients in Philippine cuisine. In the north it refers to solid coconut curds, the byproducts of coconut oil production, used as garnishing for a variety of desserts. In the Visayan region it refers to a thick syrupy caramelized coconut cream used as a dessert condiment.

Tagalog Latik[edit]

Latík in Luzon is made from coconut milk simmered in a saucepan until it reduces to coconut oil and solids begin to form at the top surface. These solids are left to fry in the coconut oil until golden brown.[1][2]

Latík is commonly used as toppings for a variety of Philippine dishes including maja blanca, sapin-sapin, and ube halaya.(mashed purple yam).[3][4]

They are sometimes mistaken for fried caramelized coconut flesh (another type of garnishing/dessert known as bukayo in Bisaya).[1]

Visayan Latik[edit]

Latík in Bisaya literally means 'syrup' (equivalent to the term arnibal in Hiligaynon). It can refer to any type of thick sweetened liquids including jam.[5] In the most common usage, however, latik means a syrupy condiment derived from reducing coconut milk and sugar.[6][7]

It is used much in the same way as syrup, in dishes like kalamay and suman.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Latik / Fried Coconut Milk Solids". Market Manila. August 5, 2008. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Vanjo Merano (March 25, 2010). "How to Make Latik". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ Reynaldo G. Alejandro & Doreen G. Fernandez (1998). Food of the Philippines. Tuttle Publishing. p. 102. ISBN 978-962-593-245-3. 
  4. ^ Philippines. Dept. of Education, Culture, and Sports (1989). Duyan ng magiting: the folk culture of the southern Tagalog region. Kalinangan series. Volume 3. IMC. ISBN 978-971-10-1241-0. 
  5. ^ "latik". Binisaya.com. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bisaya translation for "latik"". Bisaya Translator and Cebuano Dictionary. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Philippine quarterly of culture and society (University of San Carlos) 32: 31. 2004. 
  8. ^ "Suman Latik". Lutong Bahay. Retrieved July 5, 2011.