After sorting through the rips of waves in Calicoan Surf Camp and charmed by the simple life of its host town, Guiuan, it’s back to Tacloban to hitch on the plane back to busy Manila. With only a few hours to spare, little token treats, or pasalubongs, was mandatory for Filipino culture.
A fellow food tripper who had roots in Leyte suggested to get two famous rice made desserts to bring back home. So the driver of The Surf Camp brought us to places to buy the stuff, and sealed shut, Manila-bound.
Quite surprisingly, the packaging seemed like a reminder of the way Londres and Pianono of Bauan, Batangas is packaged: in brown unsuspecting boxes. As a matter of fact, this one seemed to resemble the famous Filipino Balikbayan Box. And like Balikbayan Boxes, it holds goodies for people at home.
Inside the box are the popular rice-made sweets named Moron and Binagol. Moron is pronounced like Morong, and Binagol is pronounced with a longer stress on the “a”. Moron is like the regular suman, but the rice is cooked in coconut milk and mixed with a bit of cocoa. Binagol is made of a root crop named Talyan, coconut milk and sugar. It is then molded into a coconut shell.
The Binagol is quite sweet with the distinct taste of the root crop. The Moron has the similar consistency of the suman and the cocoa enhances the taste (it’s hard to go wrong with chocolatey taste). Moron is so soft, that you can cut the small tube with a pair of scissors down the middle and just squeeze it out. You can go through a lot really quick.
It can easily be bought on the streets of Tacloban. Moron costs about PHP 200.00 for about 50 pieces and Binagol PHP 200.00 for six pieces. You get it in that carton box with holes pierced in them.
This is a must when visiting Tacloban City. Nothing beats enriching travels by assimilating yourself into the streets and marketplaces of the world.
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I miss Moron! My mom’s from Leyte and we always buy Moron and Binagol! 🙂
Oh! Was it you or Melody who gave me the tip? Or maybe both of your parents are from Leyte so I’m mixing it up? Hehe
Maybe it’s Melody. 🙂 Yeah, I think both of our parents are from Leyte.hehe. 🙂
Yep it was me! 🙂 Love these sweet treats!
oh my i wanna try these! <33
Yes it’s pretty good :)! If you are a fan of cocoa/chocolate, you will love the moron 🙂
[…] it is formed through pounded glutinous rice or some from of carbohydrate rich crop, much like the Moron and Binagol of Leyte and the Bud-bod Kabog of […]
where can i order chocolate moron from Tacloban, can I get contact information and contact numbers.
Hi. We currently do not have any specific contact information on the sellers of the chocolate moron. This is really more of a review of the said delicacy.
From the Tacloban City airport ride the Jeepny byaheng SAN JOSE/ DOWNTOWN area, along the area of Asia Stars Hotel and near hotels in the area, landmark in the corner is Mcdonalds in front of it is Jollibee, that street is flooded by Binagol and choco suman
From the Tacloban City airport ride the Jeepny byaheng SAN JOSE/ DOWNTOWN area, along the area of Asia Stars Hotel and near hotels in the area, landmark in the corner is Mcdonalds in front of it is Jollibee, tha street (Zamora Street) is flooded by Binagol and choco suman