Top: Skewered cascaron;
Bottom: Ibanag pinakufu
Alternative namescarioca, karioka, tinudok, bitsu-bitsu, bicho-bicho, pinakufu, paborot, binuelos, binowilos, bunuelos
Place of originPhilippines
Main ingredientsground glutinous rice, grated coconut, and sugar

Cascaron is a Filipino doughnut made of deep-fried ground glutinous rice, grated coconut, and sugar. They are commonly ball-shaped and are sold on skewers, but they can also be elongated, pancake-shaped, or doughnut-shaped.[1] The name is derived from Spanish cascarón ("eggshell") due to its common spherical shape and crunchy exterior. It is not to be confused with cascarón, which is a hollowed-out chicken egg filled with prizes derived from the same term.

It is known by numerous other names, depending on the region, including carioca and tinudok. It is also known as bitsu-bitsu (or bicho-bicho) in Negros Occidental, not to be confused with bicho or bicho-bicho, which is a Chinese Filipino version of youtiao made with regular flour. Among the Ibanag, a variant of cascaron shaped like flattened ovals is known as pinakufu or paborot.[2] It is also more generically known as bunuelo (also bunwelo, binuelo, binowilo, etc.), after buñuelo, the similar fritter made with regular flour from which it is derived from.[3][4]

See also


  1. ^ "Cascaron -- Bitsu-Bistsu (Dough Balls)". Recipe of Health. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Ang Sweeeet!". Being Filipino This Side of Town. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Pinoy Meryenda: Bunuelos making (Cascaron)". SweetestCherry. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Glossary of Filipino Food ...and essays on the world's "original fusion cuisine" too". Filipino ricecakes, sweets, and other snacks - B. Retrieved December 14, 2018.