Quirk of the Month: Uraro Stars

We had to rebook our Calaguas trip this weekend because of bad weather. Damn you, typhoon Chedeng! I’ve been itching to see the legendary white sand and blue waters of that secluded island for months. Since I have to wait for two more weeks, I’ll settle for some delicacies from Camariñes Norte—uraro cookies.

I know it sounds Japanese, but this white powdery cookie made of arrowroot flour is very Filipino. Mama was raised in Daet, Camariñes Norte, a boat trip away from Calaguas Island. She grew up eating uraro cookies as treats in her hometown. When she moved to Cavite City to raise a family, my grandparents and uncles would bring uraro cookies as pasalubong (gifts) for my sister and me.

They’re usually round or flower shaped, so these star-shaped uraro cookies I received made a pleasant surprise. Thanks, Tito Joeboy!

May 29, 2011