Carioca are sweet chewy ball-shaped treats that can be enjoyed as dessert or snack, these are made from sweet rice flour (glutinous rice flour can also be used) and sweetened shredded coconuts.

These can be considered as a street food since Carioca vendors are a common site in the major streets of Manila. Individual servings are usually skewed in bamboo skewers similar to the banana cue and kamote cue.

What I like most about this treat is its texture; it’s like eating buchi minus the sesame seeds and the filling. By the way, the sweet coating for the carioca is optional. Most of the Carioca that I tried were not coated at all – but, I find it more enjoyable when the sweet coating is applied.

Try this Carioca recipe and let me know your thoughts. Continue reading Carioca