Author Name: admin Posted: 02/09/2017 04:42:00 PM
Looking for ube in Jersey? Here's a roundup of our favorite spots!
Ube (pronounced oo-bae) is a purple yam/sweet potato that is popular in Asian countries and Filipino cuisine in particular. This veggie, which is used in pastries, cake, and ice cream, is a staple at Filipino potlucks, birthdays, and holidays.
While ube has long been used by chefs for their jam and baked goods, it’s finally starting to catch on more widely in the U.S, due at least in part to its intense and all-natural purple coloring. But it’s not just the color that draws people in; ube is delicious, too. It tastes like yam, sweet but not too sweet, and it’s also been said to have a slight floral flavor.
If you’re in Little Manila in Jersey City and have a hankering for some ube, there are a number of restaurants and bakeries you can check out; in fact, you may just find the best ube in New Jersey. Little Manila is also home to some of the best Filipino desserts in New Jersey; you can find everything from ensaymadas to cakes to bibingka cassava.
Philippine Bread House
Philippine Bread House is a family-owned establishment that has been in business for over 30 years. They produce a variety of cakes, desserts, pastries, breads, and rolls that are baked daily. Ube enthusiasts can get ube cake, ube bread, ube halaya, and ensaymada ube.
FilStop is the largest Filipino grocer on the east coast and they have the largest collection of Filipino food online, as well. FilStop carries a wide range of ube snacks and ingredients including halaya ube, ube cake, grated ube, ube powder, and more.
Red Ribbon Bakeshop
Red Ribbon Bakeshop is one of the Philippine’s most famous food chains. In 2006 they opened their first shop on the East Coast in Little Manila. Customers love their uba cake and uba mamon.
If you’re in Little Manila, Jersey City—or even if you’re a bit farther away—swing by one (or all) of these places for some delicious Filipino desserts. And if you haven’t tried ube yet, this is a great chance to do so; there are some fantastic options in the neighborhood. Enjoy!