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When in Bacolod: You Must Try PIAYA!

When in Bacolod: You Must Try PIAYA!

Negros, the Sugar Capital of the Philippines, being abundant with sugar and all its kind, is the home of a pasalubong favorite in Bacolod, the Piaya. A muscovado-filled flat unleavened bread with sesame seeds that has a light and flakey texture with a sweet gooey taste coming from the muscovado – unrefined cane sugar.

People actually make Piaya with just 7 basic ingredients: FLOUR, SALT, BUTTER, WATER, SESAME SEEDS, GLUCOSE SYRUP, and MUSCOVADO SUGAR.

The dough is made by combining the flour, some salt, butter and water; kneaded on a flat surface, sprinkled with sesame seeds and then divided into equal portions. Usually, people chill it for just a few minutes.

Meanwhile, the filling is then prepared by mixing the muscovado sugar and glucose syrup until it forms into the right consistency.

They will then fill the dough with this mixture, seal it, and form it into balls. After that, they will roll and flatten it until they achieve the desired thickness or thinness.

They cook these finger-tasting treats in batches on a hot skillet, flipping and turning over each side in just about the right time until they become crisp with brown spots.

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Traditionally, people completed every step by hand, but due to the high demand for this delicacy, Piaya makers like Merzci have adopted machinery innovations that can produce around 35,000 Piayas a day! Although the pasalubong company has embraced this innovation, it still keeps its workforce because the machines handle only the tedious parts of the process, while people still cook by hand, preserving the traditional goodness and flavor of the Piaya.

Over the years, Piaya has evolved into many shapes and flavors like Ube and Mango which are equally delicious as well. At the same time, you can already enjoy the Piaya hot and fresh straight from the skillet! Head over to a Merzci bakeshop around Bacolod and grab a bite of this steaming hot goodness!

Piaya has also become some sort of edible currency because of the Filipinos’ practice of bringing pasalubong to their loved ones. What could be more pleasing to your family and friends than to offer him a pack or two of this delectable delicacy? Be sure you get them at Merzci Pasalubong because…TANAN MANAMIT!

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