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Alternative namescarabao-milk pudding
Place of originPhilippines
Region or statePampanga, Cagayan
Serving temperatureroom temperature, cold
Similar dishesMaja blanca, blancmange, leche flan

Tibok-tibok (Pampangan: tibuktíbuk), usually anglicized as carabao-milk pudding, is a Pampangan dessert pudding made primarily from carabao milk and ground soaked glutinous rice (galapong). Originating in the Philippine province of Pampanga, it is especially popular in Cagayan. It has a soft jelly-like texture and is topped with latik (coconut curds) before serving. It is characteristically creamy white in color and has a delicate sweet and slightly salty flavor. It is very similar to and tastes like the more common maja blanca, but the latter is made with coconut milk.[1]


The name tibok-tibok literally means "[like a] heartbeat". This is due to the method of determining if the dish is cooked. Once it has reduced to a firm consistency, the bubbles barely break the surface, making it look like it is pulsating.[2][3]


Tibok-tibok is prepared similarly to maja blanca. Carabao milk is traditionally mixed with a small amount of galapong, ground glutinous rice that has been soaked overnight. It is flavored with a small amount of white sugar and dayap (key lime) zest. It is simmered at low heat while stirring continuously until the mixture thickens. It is immediately poured into a flat pan lined with greased banana leaves and allowed to cool. It can also be poured into molds as desired. It is usually served as square or diamond-shaped slices. It is topped with latik (coconut curds).[3] It is stored in airtight containers to prevent it from drying out.[1][2][4][5]

Carabao milk can be substituted with whole fat cow's milk in areas where it is not available.[4][6] Modern versions might also use rice flour instead of galapong or exclude it altogether and instead use cornstarch.[1][6]

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  1. ^ a b c "Authentic Tibok Tibok (Carabao's Milk Pudding)". Foxy Folksy. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Tibok Tibok Recipe". Global Granary. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tibok-Tibok Recipe". Panlasang Pinoy Recipes™. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Tibok-Tibok". Kawaling Pinoy. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Tibok-Tibok (Carabao's Milk Pudding)". Kawaling Pinoy Tasty Recipes. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Pampanga's Tibok-tibok (Carabao's Milk Pudding)". Atbp.ph. Retrieved 17 December 2018.