Ube Ube Ube, Everywhere

Ever wonder what the crazy purple desserts you’ve been seeing all over Instagram are made from? No, it’s not intense food coloring, it’s ube, or purple yams. They are not uniquely found in the Philippines but Filipinos use it more than anyone else to flavor and color their sweets and breads. From ice cream to donuts, these colorful treats have been all the hype and here are our favorite spots to start your obsession.

Filipino Chicken & Ube Waffles
Maharlika (East Village, NYC)

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Need a hearty meal after a night out? Try this classic fried chicken and waffle dish with an ube twist. The chicken is crispy, the ube waffle is light and crunchy, and the butter is the right balance of sweet and salty – perfect for spicing up your conventional Sunday brunch.


Maharlika
111 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003

Ube Silvanas
House of Silvanas (Daly City, CA)

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Silvanas are cashew cookies filled with plain or flavored buttercream and rolled in cookie crumbs. We like to think of them as Filipino macarons and we love their simplicity: no sprinkles, icing, or hard fondant decorations. Crunchy, light, and super addictive, these small bites are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without indulging in something too sweet.


House of Silvanas
2055 Gellert Blvd Ste 3
Daly City, CA 94015

Ube Soft Serve Ice Cream
Soft Swerve (Lower East Side, NYC)

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Even in the chilliest of weather, ice cream is always a welcomed treat. This tiny joint has quickly become a neighborhood favorite serving the city’s best Asian-flavored ice creams from conventional matcha to, you guessed it, ube. Pro tip: try the ube and vanilla swirl!


Soft Swerve
85 Allen St
New York, NY 10002

Ube Donut
DK’s Donuts & Bakery (Santa Monica, CA)

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Known for their innovative sweet concoctions like the half-donut half-waffle hybrid, donut fanatics are currently obsessed with their ube version with its bright purple color and cake-y texture. If you’re adventurous, opt for one with bacon – the ultimate combo of salty and sweet.


DK’s Donuts & Bakery
1614 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404