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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] It is not to be confused with cascarón, which is a hollowed-out chicken egg filled with prizes.

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), 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]

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