Alternative namesOtso, Bitso-Bitso
Place of originPhilippines
VariationsShakoy, kalabasang pilipit

Pilipit is a traditional Filipino deep-fried twisted doughnut. It is made with flour, eggs, milk, salt, and baking powder. It is made mostly identically to the shakoy doughnut, except for its crunchy and hard texture and its smaller and thinner size. The word pilipit means "twisted" in Tagalog.[1][2][3]

A very similar but distinct dessert, also known as pilipit, is a fried glutinous rice twisted doughnut from Maguindanao. It is much thicker and is made with a combination of white glutinous rice and purple rice, resulting in a distinctive lavender color. It is soaked and pounded into galapong and twisted into shapes before deep-frying. It is served sprinkled with fresh grated coconut.[4]

Another distinctive variation of this delicacy is the rice-based doughnut made with squash, also known as kalabasang pilipit or pilipit na kalabasa, which originates in the province of Quezon. This variety of pilipit is incorporated with grated or mashed squash, which gave it a yellow-orange tint and also a chewy and crunchy texture. While it usually comes in a twisted shape, this variety also comes in shapes like a circular doughnut dipped in a caramelized sugar syrup or a coconut-based caramel sauce, also known as sangkaka or santan. [5][6][7][8]

See also


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  2. ^ "Pilipit". Kawaling Pinoy Tasty Recipes. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Easy Sugar Pilipit Recipe". Ang Sarap!. April 29, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Heussaff, Erwan. "Greater Philippines: Maguindanao and Cotabato City". The Fat Kid Inside. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "When In Lucban: Eat Pilipit". Snapped and Scribbled. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  6. ^ Lady, Labrador (March 29, 2016). "Pork in the Road: Quezon's Specialties at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas". Pork in the Road. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  7. ^ "Chef Cameron's Filipino Twisted Doughnuts". www.cssiculinary.com. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  8. ^ It'sBeryllicious. "Kamayan Sa Palaisdaan- Tayabas, Quezon". Retrieved December 28, 2022.