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Cebu Binangkal (Sesame Balls)

Jul 14

I suddenly remembered my mom’s Binangkal recipe after a recent visit to Cebu. Well, Binangkal is round , shaped from dough and covered with sesame seeds and is a popular Cebu delicacy. Here is our recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
1 teaspoon butter flavor
Seasame seeds


1. Sift flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder.

2. Mix brown sugar, water, oil, butter flavor and vanilla flavor. ( or add flour mixture in step 1 all at once to the liquid mixture, not little by little). Mix to blend.

3. With a teaspoon, take a but of batter and drop into a bowl of sesame seeds. Pick seasme-seed covered batter and roll between palms to form a round mixture.

4. Drop into prepared tray. Make sure your deep fat fryer or Kawali is full of hot cooking oil but make sure temperature is moderate.

5. Fry in deep hot fat until brown (slightly dark brown). This is crispy outside and soft inside.

Yields 36 pieces.

A reader @ombin_05 in twitter actually made binangkal tonight. Here is what he cooked.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (388 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. i like your “pandan jelly’’s seems yummy.
    I think i will try for tomorrow’s dinner for my dessert .
    .-= mel´s last blog ..Take a Momment To Really see =-.

  2. hello, thanks for sharing this … i will try this soon 😀

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