Kalingking is a native delicacy from the Bicol region and it is made out of pan fried battered sliced sweet potatoes. My mom and my grandparents are from Bicol so this gets cooked a lot at home when I was a child and served during merienda. It’s quite easy to make and it is very nutritious and very filling like most of the merienda my grandmother usually prepares like suman, cassava cake, ginataang halo halo, ginataang kamoteng kahoy, etc.

This types of snacks reminds me of childhood, how about you do have any snacks that remind you of your younger years? Any special recipe that your grandmother, mother or aunties make?

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Serves: 6-8 pcs
  • 2 large yellow sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into thick matchsticks
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • sugar
  • oil
  1. In a bowl combine together flour, baking powder, milk, salt and egg. Mix well until smooth.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes.
  3. Heat oil in a pan then arrange a clump of sweet potatoes, gently place it in the hot oil and flatten it with a spatula. Do it with the remaining sweet potato mixture but do not overcrowd.
  4. Turn heat to low then fry until golden brown in colour.
  5. Place in a paper towel lined plate prior to serving to remove excess oil.
  6. Sprinkle sugar on top before serving.


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5 Responses

  1. Lily says:

    I’m from Matnog, Sorsogon and it’s one of my favorite merienda, although when I make them I never add milk and eggs just plain flour and water and my kids loved them everytime I make it. No one taught me how to make it I just watch my Mom when I was a kid. So once in a while I would make it, being here in US for 35 years I will never forget the food that i love to eat.
    Thank you very much for sharing with us. GOD bless you.

  2. Mmm – always something new and interesting – Raymund

  3. mjskit says:

    This could easily become a favorite snack of mine! Thanks for sharing this Raymund. Pinning it for a snack this week.

  4. This is cool, I love that I had no clue what this was. Sounds really interesting, where do you find your inspiration?

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