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sliced biko in a rectangular pan with latik topping
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4 from 45 votes


Biko is the ultimate Filipino snack or dessert! Made of glutinous rice cooked in sweetened coconut milk, this rice cake is deliciously sweet, creamy, sticky, and gluten-free!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 332kcal


  • 8 x 5-inch rectangular pan


  • 1 cup coconut cream (kakang gata)
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups glutinous rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • In a pan over medium heat, add the coconut cream and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid starts to thicken. 
  • Lower heat and simmer. As oil starts to separate and solids begin to form, regularly stir and scrape sides and bottom of the pan to prevent from burning.
  • Continue to cook and stir until curds turn golden brown. Using a fine-mesh sieve or colander, drain latik. Reserve oil.
  • Grease bottom and sides of the baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Wash glutinous rice a few times or until water runs almost clear. Drain well.
  • In a thick bottom pot, combine rice and water. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and cook until liquid is absorbed. Allow to cool to touch and fluff with a fork to separate grains.
  • In a wide non-stick skillet over medium heat, combine coconut milk, brown sugar, and salt. Stir until blended and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and continue to cook until slightly reduced and thickened.
  • Add rice, gently stirring to evenly distribute. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour or until mixture is very thick, sticky, and pulls away from the sides of the pan. 
  • Spoon biko into the prepared baking dish and pat down with a lightly greased spatula to even out.
  • Lightly brush top with coconut oil, cut into portions, and top with latik. 



Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 213mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3.1mg