Kusina Has Your Holiday Putong Puti, Pichi-Pichi and Spongecakes

Sapin-sapin from another bakery, courtesy of joefoodie

Sapin-sapin from another bakery, courtesy of joefoodie

For its first holiday season, Kusina is putting together trays of the Filipino sweets that customers tend to crave come Christmastime.

Although the Goose Creek grocery and bakery hasn’t yet finalized its Christmas tray menu, the Thanksgiving selection included putong puti (rice muffins), kutchinta (gelatinous rice cakes), pichi-pichi (steamed grated cassava) and espasol (another kind of rice cake, for which rice flour’s mixed with coconut milk.)

“It’s not the normal kind of dessert you see at Publix,” owner Leah Oboza says.

Other sweets available at Kusina include iced spongecakes; desserts made with ube and jackfruit and coffee-flavored cakes.

Oboza says the shop’s been well-received since its July opening.

“We have different people coming in, and they pretty much give us the thumbs up on everything,” she says.

Kusina, 142-A St. James Ave., is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays (except on Wednesdays, when it doesn’t open at all) and Saturdays. On Sunday, the store’s open from 12 noon-6 p.m.

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