Binatog or boiled white corn kernels is a popular Filipino snack and street food. This is made by soaking mature white corn in water and salt until puffed. The soaked corns are then boiled until the skin almost peel off. Excess water is drained and the corn is placed in a bowl or plate then topped with either sugar or salt (sometimes both) and generous amounts of grated coconut.


Whenever I think of this simple yet satisfying Filipino street food, I remember the Binatog vendor that roamed around the streets of our subdivision every afternoon. He was riding a big bicycle with two covered pails secured at the back: the first pail holds all the boiled corn kernels while the other one contains the grated coconut, salt, sugar, and serving spoons. Back in those days, we need to provide our own bowl or container for the Binatog since the vendors do not carry disposable cups or bowls yet. Just like the Taho vendor, the “Magbibinatog” or Binatog vendor also advertises his product by shouting to the top of his lungs …“Binatooog!!!” I wonder if these guys still roam the streets as they do a couple of decades back.

This recipe can be considered as an easier version of making Binatog. Instead of using fresh white corn kernels, we will be using Hominy or Mexican style corn. These are canned puffed white corn kernels that are already pre-soaked in water; this will save us a lot of time.

Are you excited to make Binatog for your meryenda? Go grab the ingredients and follow my lead by watching the cooking video and reading the detailed cooking procedure.

Got questions or feedback? Please post your comments on the box below and I’ll try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Happy cooking everyone!!!

Recipe: Binatog


  • 29 ounces hominy (Mexican style corn)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut, grated

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Heat a cooking pot then pour-in the canned hominy (include the liquid).
  2. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer for 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Drain the water and place the boiled hominy in a serving plate.
  5. Top with sugar (or salt depending on your preference) and grated coconut.
  6. Serve. Share and enjoy!!!!

Number of servings (yield): 6


  1. Emma says

    Marami pong salamat. I just came back from Manila but did not have a chance to eat binatog. Suddenly I woke up craving for it so I looked at your website and here it is haha. Thanks again po! Oh I also add evaporated milk like what my Mom used to do- ang sarap po!

  2. mazzy says

    kuya thanks for the video, im suddenly craving for binatog and was reminded of my childhood days when i either run home to get money to buy binatog or ignore the vendor… i really want to make this and i haven’t seen anybody selling grated coconut here, anyways i’ll do my research and maybe just buy online. keep making delicious food and keep our traditions alive, thanks!

  3. Victor bagalso says

    I think much better to add coconut milk,and coconut water instead of water in Binatong, for more flavor, and more thickness.

  4. says

    Hi. Im selling white corn nibs. The kind of corn which exactly used by bendors here in the philippines to cook binatog. Just let me know if youre interested to buy. Thanks

  5. Oly says

    wow thank you for sharing us heaps of your ideas and great finds. my children and i, love binatog too..and we’re craving for it! i just hope we have hominy or the mex. white corn here in Sydney…i already tried the carioca and i made it into butchi and it was really a hit to everybody! im always in your site whenever we got cravings and when i cant think of anything to serve…thank you!

  6. ponyang says

    OMG kuya vanj! Thank you so so much! I’ve been craving for binatog for soo long! Thanks a lot!

  7. rain says

    cute ka pala! lol always watching your youtube and tnx to you i learned how to bake etc gonna try your mamon later hope it will turn out great! 😀 hmm but question can you use calamansi juice instead of lemon juice? tnx

  8. Cynthia says

    Wow kuya you kinda answer my prayers… I was craving for binatog for so long and it’s been so long since the last time I had it and it’s funny too coz everytime I’m talking to my cousin I always asked about it and even ask her how to make it hehehe now I am happy that I could have it again and cook it for me and my husband. Thank you for sharing another good recipe. Godbless!!!

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