bi·​bing·​ka bē-ˈbiŋ-kə How to pronounce bibingka (audio)
: a Philippine cake that is made with rice flour, water, and sometimes other ingredients (such as butter, sugar, cheese, or coconut) and that is traditionally cooked between banana leaves
Mrs. Garcia is cutting slices of bibingka for herself and for her cousin. Then she remembers Jose and cuts a piece for him, since it is his favorite sweet.Sabina Murray, The Caprices, 2007
also : a similar cake made with cassava flour
… coffee and sweet-savory cassava cakes topped with cheese and butter, called bibingkaRobyn Eckhardt, Saveur, December 2008

Word History


borrowed from Tagalog

First Known Use

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bibingka was circa 1902

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“Bibingka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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