Ampaw

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Ampaw
Ampao from Carcar, Cebu.jpg
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Top: traditional white ampaw with peanuts;
Bottom: dyed ampaw
Alternative namesAmpao, pop rice, puffed rice, popped rice
Coursesnack
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateVisayas
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsrice

Ampaw, usually anglicized as pop rice or puffed rice, is a Filipino sweet puffed rice cake. It is traditionally made with sun-dried leftover cooked white rice that is fried and coated with syrup.

Etymology[edit]

Ampaw means "puffed grain" in Philippine languages. Though it applies predominantly to the rice version, popcorn can also be referred to as ampaw (more accurately as ampaw na mais, "puffed corn").[1] In Cebuano slang, ampaw is also a euphemism roughly equivalent to the English idiom "[a person] full of hot air". Ampaw should not be confused with Chinese red envelopes, ampao or ang pao, a close homonym in Philippine Hokkien.[2]

Description[edit]

Ampaw is made with cooked white rice (usually leftovers). It is dried in the sun for around four hours. They are then fried in hot oil to make them puff up. The oil is drained thoroughly after frying. The sugar glazing is cooked separately using muscovado sugar, salt, molasses (or corn syrup), butter, and vinegar or calamansi juice. The glazing is poured unto the puffed rice and mixed until the grains are evenly coated. It is then allowed to cool and shaped into the desired form before it fully hardens. They are usually cut into square or rectangular blocks or molded into balls.[3][4][5]

Traditional ampao is white in color, but many modern variants are dyed in various colors to appeal more to children.[6]

Variations[edit]

Ampaw can be easily modified with added ingredients. Examples include roasted peanuts, pinipig (toasted young rice), and chocolate.[6][7] Ampaw can also be made with other types of rice, like brown rice or black rice.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ampaw". Tagalog Lang. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Ampaw Anyone?". Greenpeace Philippines. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Ampaw (Puffed Rice)". Mama's Guid Recipes. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Filipino traditional snack: AMPAO (dried rice with sugar and lemon)". Sharsy. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Puffed Rice (Ampaw)". Atbp.ph. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Cebu's Sweet Ampao". Everything Cebu. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Chocolate Rice Puff". Panlasang Pinoy. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Ampaw or Puffed Rice". yapak/yakap. Retrieved 28 March 2019.