In a recent trip to the historic Trece Martires in Cavite, I was able to eat in a restaurant replica of Emilio Aguinaldo’s mansion in Kawit – the Republic of Cavite.
Located along City Hall Road in San Agustin, this unassuming place is home to various Filipino dishes cooked Cavitenos-style.
But aside from the tasty cuisine that they offer, they also have a delectable array of Pinoy desserts. And this was my favorite part of the meal.
Shown above are perhaps, Republic of Cavite Restaurant’s best kept secrets. And my favorite, the violet one which looks like a small puto – the Lihim ni Lola.
Lihim ni Lola is a purple rice cake with salted egg and cassava filling. That’s the “lihim” part. You bite, thinking it was just an ordinary rice cake and BOOM!
Speaking of BOOM – the biggest surprise for me was actually the pichi-pichi. I didn’t expect that a burst of sweet muscovado syrup would fill my mouth once I took a bite of the innocent looking delicacy.
And what did I drink with all these food? I had a ginger iced tea. Yes, it’s salabat – only ice cold.
Visit the official website of Republic of Cavite and know more about this all-occassion, all-event place. Note that music will automatically play there, so don’t suddenly stand up when you hear the words “Bayang magiliw…” 😀