Filipino Biko Recipe (Rice Cake with Caramel Toppings)

March 27, 2008
(Last Updated On: November 4, 2012)

Filipino Biko Recipe, consists of malagkit (glutinous) rice, coconut milk, sugar, and topped with “latik”.

Biko is a rice cake with caramel topping or latik and here is the recipe for Biko. Biko is usually served during birthday parties, fiestas, Christmas, New Year and other celebrated events in Philippines.

Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Serves 12.


Biko Ingredients:

  • 2 cups malagkit (sticky rice)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups diluted coconut milk
  • 1/8 lb. butter


  • 1 can (15 oz.) condensed milk
  • 3/4 cups rich coconut milk
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. flour for quick thickening

Biko Cooking Instructions:

  • Grate and squeeze out milk from 2 coconuts. Save 3/4 cup of the first milk squeezed out (rich milk) for topping.
  • Dilute the rest of the coconut milk to make 3 1/2 cups. Or use 1 can (12 ounces) frozen coconut milk, saving 3/4 cup of the thick milk for topping and diluting the rest to make 3 1/2 cups.
  • Boil rice and coconut milk in a heavy pot stirring constantly to keep from burning (about 15 to 20 minutes). When the rice is done and almost dry, lower the heat and add the sugar and butter.
  • Mix well and set aside.
  • Scoop the cooked biko and place it in a baking dish or Bilao then flatten the surface.

To make latik or topping:

  • Combine all topping ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook over low heat stirring constantly until thick (about 15 minutes) or brown.
  • then pour topping over rice mixture.
  • served while hot.

biko recipe

Here’s the Biko Recipe ready to be served.

biko pinoy recipe


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  • bianca

    August 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    tnx s4 r3cip3 n42w4 m3 kc 4ssignm3nt 3h ,,,,, buti n4 lng pl4 3h n4ndy4n k4u

  • Jimmy

    July 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    The recipe sounds delicious. I would like to try to make this but can you please give a brand name of the “rich coconut milk” and I assume it’s available at asian stores. I’m not really sure what to buy. Thank you.

  • love
    March 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    sarap talaga ng biko

  • bing

    January 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    this is really delicious….for me, using white sugar is perfect!

  • shie

    January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am

    thanks fo this recipe. just have a question: what is the egg for and should I mix it on the cooled rice or should i just spread it over the rice?


  • takahashi mischelle

    December 21, 2009 at 7:29 am

    yes you are supposed to use brown sugar and coconut

  • takahashi mischelle

    December 20, 2009 at 8:01 am

    sarap talaga ng lutong pinoy,sarap mag pasko sa pinas,

  • cindy

    September 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Are you supposed to use “brown” sugar?

    • pinoychef
      October 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm

      you must use brown sugar

    • pinoychef
      October 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

      yes, you need to use brown sugar.

  • anonymous

    August 10, 2009 at 5:25 am

    yes, you can cook biko without using an oven.

    you can make it using malagkit na bigas boiled/deep fried on a wok-like pan in coconut oil from the coconut milk mixed with bahaw (kaning lamig) then cook the caramel toppings separately over these sources of heat:

    1. stove top

    2. charcoal

  • ann

    December 14, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Than u so much for sharing this recipe..It was more than delicious…At last! I was able to make a biko for the first time in my life and it was really good..
    I will try more of your recipes.

  • jesy

    September 1, 2008 at 12:41 am

    can we add lemon zest in the sugar syrup while cooking?

  • Mimay

    July 22, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks 4d recipe! I tried it today & it’s yummy! The sweetness is just right, the rice cake & toppings are perfect. I added some Jackfruit strips (Langka), my husband’s favorite.

  • michelle

    May 6, 2008 at 8:48 am

    is there any way to cook biko without using an oven?

  • jerilyn

    April 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    can we skip the egg? my son is allergic to eggs.

  • emjoven

    April 6, 2008 at 12:10 am

    yes you can use the canned coconut milk.

  • marilyn

    April 5, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    is it possible if i’ll use canned coconut milk in this recipe?