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Otap is a popular oval-shaped snack that’s either a cookie or a biscuit made out of flour, sugar, yeast, eggs, and vegetable shortening mixed together to create a sweet, flaky, and appetizing bite. This treat comes in small sizes and is coated with sugar toppings that are well-loved by children.

The recipe is known for its 11-stage baking process, which is visible in its layered and crisp texture.

Otap is often served with a cup of coffee for Filipino working adults, or a bottle of juice for very active children.

For less than a dollar, you can already have your own otap pack. It’s currently sold in many retail stores, so simply ask the vendors and they’ll give you a pack of otap with 5 or 10 pieces inside.

Origin

This otap recipe originated from Cebu, a small island in Central Visayas known for its otap. It’s a kind of baked biscuit (cookie) that’s brittle and garnished with sugar.

However, due to its popularity and incredible taste, it’s now widespread all over the country.

So yes, there’s no need to go to Cebu to buy otap! You can either ask for it in any retail market in the Philippines, or better yet, make it yourself.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.