14 Aug2007


This is like eating soft pastillas de leche made from 100% carabao’s milk, in a wide mouthed bottle, making it wickedly easy to scoop it all out with a spoon. This is definitely potential heart attack material. I figured if you were a fan of Brazo de Mercedes in the previous post, you are probably a candidate fan for this sweet as well. I purchased this bottle from a vendor at the food section of Tiendesitas Mall on C5 near Ortigas. I think they also sell this at the Market!Market! Mall in Fort Bonifacio. I can’t recall what the price was, but it didn’t seem outrageous at all. The Kid eats this pure like on the spoon in the photo. She also likes to use it as a filling between two cookies. Can you tell, she has a sweet tooth? I managed to eat two spoonsfull then went into sugar shock. I love pastillas de leche, but for some reason I thought this soft pastillas de leche was just a bit over the top! Hmmm, maybe if they flavored it with a bit of dayap rind it would be brilliant!




  1. annette says:

    Was it good Mang MM, cos Im going to Tiendesitas right away, hay nako. . . after the brazo mercedes, here comes pastillas. Mr. MM I really like your Top 10 desserts that you’ve posted months ago and until now napapanaginipan ko silang lahat. . .ha ha ha!

    Aug 14, 2007 | 8:19 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    annette, if you like pastillas de leche, this is that squared or cubed. It was pretty good, but over the top for me, personally. Good in small doses, I suppose…

    Aug 14, 2007 | 8:26 pm

  4. Katrina says:

    I don’t think this is dulce gatas, MM; it’s really pastillas de leche, except not shaped into little logs and rolled in sugar. I just had this last Sunday, in fact.

    As far as I know, dulce gatas is an Ilonggo sweet (or maybe just Bacolod?) that’s sort of like dulce de leche in that it’s brown and with a caramel flavor, but much thicker — either spoonable from tubs, or in blocks. Great on ice cream! I’ve seen dulce gatas sold at the Negros Fair, and at Antonio’s Grill in Tagaytay.

    Aug 14, 2007 | 9:29 pm

  5. Mila says:

    I have to admit to a weakness for dulce de gatas/pastillas in a bottle. I used to be able to get this at a stall in SM several years ago. I’d bring it to the US too, one good friend of mine became addicted to this version and can’t eat regular pastillas de leche anymore.

    Aug 14, 2007 | 9:32 pm

  6. Marketman says:

    Ooops, Katrina, that would make sense…gotta change the post and leave it as Liquid Pastillas… thanks!!!

    Aug 14, 2007 | 9:33 pm

  7. Mangaranon says:

    Try the real “dulce gatas” from Bacolod. It is to die for.

    Aug 14, 2007 | 10:58 pm

  8. Mangaranon says:

    Try the real “dulce gatas” from Bacolod. Unrivalled and unequalled.

    Aug 14, 2007 | 10:59 pm

  9. Kongkong622 says:

    I remember my grandma used to bring us pastillas in a tupperware from San Miguel, Bulacan. You could eat it with a spoon or make your own rolled in sugar ones.

    Presently, my fave pastillas are those giant ones by Iya Guingona.

    Aug 14, 2007 | 11:38 pm

  10. Maria Clara says:

    Like pastillas de leche with a hint of dayap rind and made out of carabao’s milk. Love the one from Bulacan including the cut out fancy laced like wrapping. Great for halo halo.

    Aug 15, 2007 | 1:29 am

  11. juls says:

    i’ve tasted the one pictured above and nakaka-umay… and too monotonous yung taste… not interesting enough to leave a mark in my brain…

    but Bacolod’s “Dulce Gatas” is a better better better version of the bottled pastillas de leche… it’s artisanal… and it’s exclusively found in Negros… the thing that makes it unique is the “burnt sugar” or caramelly flavour imparted by long stirrings of sugar into the carabao’s milk….

    you ought to try it MM.. (hint: you have to go to Bacolod one of these days)

    Aug 15, 2007 | 3:49 am

  12. Lisa says:

    Dear MM,

    Do you have a recipe for chicken asado?


    Aug 15, 2007 | 8:44 am

  13. nang says:

    i too am nauumay with the pastillas de leche in a tub that my husband purchases at the bulacan stall in market!market! it’s just too sweet and numbing to the tastebuds. i prefer the rolled out ones from sevilla’s. it’s the first time i’ve heard of dulce de gatas from bacolod. how’s it different from pastillas de leche?

    Aug 15, 2007 | 9:10 am

  14. Crissy says:

    I’m not a big fan of pastillas, but I can imagine my sister eating this straight from the jar hahaha. No need to unravel small pieces of pastillas!

    Aug 15, 2007 | 9:48 am

  15. Yuan says:

    Natatandaan ko pa noong ako’y katorse anyos pa lamang (t’was 20yrs ago)madami kaming kalabaw sa Pampanga, tuwing umaga may sariwang gatas sa mesa at sa tanghali kung meron pang tira ginagawa ko ng Pastillas de Leche, tama ka MM napakasarap kung may dayap rind at ‘wag sobrang tamisan.minsan dinikdik na peanut ang nilalagay ko or filling sa yema ball. LAMI gid! NICE POST MM gusto ko tuloy umuwi ng Pampanga this weekend.

    Aug 15, 2007 | 10:29 am

  16. Yuan says:

    LISA try mo Chicken Asado ala YUAN…wanna try?give me your email add.

    Aug 15, 2007 | 10:32 am

  17. Cathee says:

    Hello MM!

    My son and I are huge fans of Brazo de Mercedes, Yema and Pastillas de Leche. My son could finish a pack of jumbo pastillas from Sevilla’s. Unfortunately, we don’t have access to these goodies here in Butuan. Could you tell me what’s the name of this Pastillas de Leche in a jar or the name of the store in Tiendesitas or Market! Market! so I can ask my Dad to get some for us?

    Have you tried the Vjandep Pastel of Camiguin? They’re yema-filled soft buns. So yummy…I think the Kid will like it…

    Aug 15, 2007 | 10:58 am

  18. Marketman says:

    Cathee, this particular bottle had a brand Sitsiriya or something like that. They have a dedicated stall in Tiendesitas food section that has this product and several others… Lisa, I don’t have a chicken asado recipe… juls, I have always wanted to go to Bacolod, and cancelled plans before, but I am wary of going unless some natives give me a tour…I understand the good food is in homes, not publicly accessible in many cases… so it would be hard for me to get a good taste of it all…

    Aug 15, 2007 | 11:03 am

  19. alicia says:

    Does anyone know if I can buy or order the Pastillas from Bulacan here in Manila? I would love to be able to get the colorful ones with the cut out paper. And as for Dulce Gatas, can that be bought here too? I wonder if the Negros fair will have it this year. Does anyone know when this fair will take place? Thanks.

    Aug 15, 2007 | 11:18 am

  20. MrsKookie says:

    My husband loves pastillas de leche and the one in the bottle is the ultimate for him as he doesn’t have to unwrap each pastilla out from the paper wrapper. Am thinking, should I go out and be a nice wife and surprise him with a bottle as inspired by your post? :)

    Aug 15, 2007 | 11:23 am

  21. Trina says:

    Mmmm, sounds yummy! I love pastillas and would really love to try this, thanks for the tip :) A related question though, would you know where to get real good Carabao’s milk here in Manila? I tried the one sold in one of the stalls in Market Market and found it too diluted. The one I occasionally order from Forbes is much better but I still find it doesn’t taste as rich as the pure ones I get from Los Banos or Tagaytay :(

    Aug 15, 2007 | 12:24 pm

  22. Fabian M says:

    yumm!! i KNEW this product had to exist. thanks for posting MM. your kid knows the best way to eat it — straight from the spoon!

    Aug 15, 2007 | 12:59 pm

  23. Blaise says:

    MarketMan, have you tried adjusting this pastillas de leche in a bottle? Adjusting in a sense that adding the dayap like you want it to?

    Aug 15, 2007 | 1:27 pm

  24. Blaise says:

    MarketMan, by the way, I’d really like to thank you for this food blog.. Last night I cooked dinner (It was my first time ever to cook for people since I only “cook” for myself), and I tried your recipe on the Cream Dory in Lemon Butter Sauce, I didn’t exactly use dory or an equivalent creamy fish, yet we have got 1 kilo of white fish fillet in the fridge so I thought that recipe of yours would be wonderful.. and it was! They absolutely liked it..

    Thanks MM..

    Aug 15, 2007 | 1:32 pm

  25. Candygirl says:

    I’ve seen the jar too but I like the sugary crust that forms outside those small fingers of pastillas de leche. I wonder if the spoonable PDL can be use as an empanadita filling (with a citrus rind mixed in)?

    Aug 15, 2007 | 2:06 pm

  26. DADD-F says:

    Hmmm…am sure it’s good. Reminds me of my own pulvoron. I don’t bother wrapping it. Mine is always best spooned from a reasonably-sized container (it wouldn’t be enjoyable when one’s blood pressure shoots up ‘no?)while relaxing. Sort of melts in the mouth, too. None of the all powdery stuff. So I guess, next time I make pastillas de leche I’d do the same na rin. Hmmm….

    And yes, I think it will be a nice filling for just about anything. My thinking exactly Candygirl and MM. Something citrus-y mixed in to add some verve.

    Aug 15, 2007 | 4:05 pm

  27. DADD-F says:

    I just remembered MM. You know, I used to make my pastillas flavored with orange or lemon. I haven’t made it for so long I almost forgot about it!! I was still in my 20’s when I first made them. Admittedly though, I would use tang for the orange flavour since I couldn’t afford real oranges. I swear it’s great. My friends loved it! But this time I think I’ll make some using the calamansi marmalade. Hmm….

    Aug 15, 2007 | 4:09 pm

  28. juls says:

    here’s my take on the dulce gatas mm…


    Aug 16, 2007 | 7:03 am

  29. stef says:

    man, that just made my mouth water. still haven’t found a supplier here for water buffalo milk — the water buffalo ranchers don’t seem to want to share the goodies and just keep selling yogurt and mozzarella, GRRRRRR….

    Aug 19, 2007 | 9:37 pm

  30. Blaise says:


    I happen to know the owner of Sitsirya Sari sari, the one selling this pastillas de leche in a bottle..

    They have just informed me that they are producing this one using COCO SUGAR, which is a kind of sugar which is very good for diabetics.. I haven’t tasted the sugar yet but it’s like that of a light brown muscovado sugar..

    They are selling the COCO SUGAR as well in their stalls.. pricey compared to regular sugar or even muscovado, but it is about the same price of Splenda..

    Pls check out the stalls of Sitsirya in Tiendesitas, Market Market, Greenhills, and Festival Mall. Thanks!

    Jan 4, 2008 | 1:24 pm

  31. jessica says:

    hello, may i ask if you know where i could buy VJANDEP pastel buns??? it is a product of cagayan de oro.. i am really craving for it. and i suppose many manilenios too… sa province lng ksi branch nila… ty.. kindly email to me kung meron kau source.. happy holidays…

    Dec 21, 2008 | 9:31 pm

  32. Lala says:

    every week my dad buys five bottles of pure cow’s milk from an old lady who loves stopping by our house. well the only cooking that i do with the milk is to boil it, add two pinches of salt for my dad’s mug and sugar for me. i want to try making pastillas out of them, can anyone please share me how to?… merry Christmas everyone!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 5:47 pm


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