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Easy Biko Recipe

Biko is a Filipino rice cake dessert made of glutinous rice (sweet rice), coconut milk and brown sugar topped with latik or caramel coconut topping.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 496kcal


  • 2 cups glutinous rice sweet rice
  • 2 ¼ cups water if rice was washed otherwise 2 ½ cups
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar or muscovado sugar (increased by 1/4 to 1/2 cup for sweeter biko)
  • 1 can 13.5 fl oz, 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ¼ to 1/2 cup latik


  • Place glutinous rice in rice cooker pot and wash twice. Fully drain water.
  • Add 2 ¼ cups water, cover and soak for 4 hours.
  • After soaking, turn on rice cooker.
  • When rice is almost cook, in a pot or deep skillet, preferably non-stick, combine coconut milk, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until reduced and thick.
  • Add the cooked glutinous rice in the coconut milk/sugar mixture. Stir constantly until well blended. Keep stirring until coconut milk mixture is absorbed by rice and it forms into one sticky mixture about 30 minutes or so.
  • If using banana leaves, run it in the stove to soften then lightly grease with latik oil otherwise grease pan.
  • Use a pan or pyrex measuring 7 ½ x 5 ½ (biko - 2 inches thick) or small tray 9 ½ x 13 (biko - 1 inch thick). This is a small amount of serving, you need to double the recipe if you want more than 6 servings.
  • Spread biko evenly and lightly grease the top with latik oil. Slice and top with latik. Enjoy



  1. For much sweeter biko, add another ¼ to ½ cup brown sugar.
  2. Refrigerate any leftover. It will harden a bit, microwave a piece for 10 to 15 seconds.
  3. If you recently made Suman sa Lihiya, any leftover coconut caramel sauce can be added to the mixture.


Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg