When it comes to desserts that are as colorful as they are flavorful, it’s hard to beat anything containing ube. The purple yam, which is highly popular in the Philippines, is a versatile ingredient that can add a touch of purple to ice cream, pastries, and the regionally popular halo-halo dessert that contains a mix of shaved ice, milk, sweet beans, fruit, and ube.
For those who prefer their desserts to be lavender-hued and fruity, here’s where to find ube in Las Vegas.
An ube-centric restaurant
Some restaurants merely offer ube-themed desserts; Cafe 86 specializes in them. The Chinatown restaurant serves ube milk tea, ube milkshakes, halo-halo, and an impressive array of ube baked goods. Diners can order everything from ube cheesecake to ube bread pudding.
Cafe 86, 5697 S. Jones Blvd.; 909-455-6078
Ube flan and more
The cleverly named Purple Potato shows its ube love in the form of traditional halo-halo plus a milkshake version of the popular Filipino dessert. The menu also includes ube flan with ube ice cream and an ube lava cake that’s packed with warm ube custard. Diners can add ube ice cream to desserts.
Purple Potato, 10090 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 110, Henderson; 702-685-7338
A ube chain
Red Ribbon Bakeshop is a California chain that has been recognized for its outstanding ube cake by the Los Angeles Times. Las Vegans can order it at three locations in the city, all of which offer a wealth of ube desserts including that famous cake, plus ube mamon and ube rolls.
Red Ribbon Bakeshop, 3890 S. Maryland Pkwy.; 702-369-9938
Ube ice cream
On a hot day in Las Vegas — or any day in Las Vegas, really — few things satisfy like ice cream. For ube fans, Asia Creamery serves soft serve and hard serve ube ice cream, plus ube milkshakes and halo-halo.
Asia Creamery, 7460 S. Rainbow Blvd. Suite 110; 702-272-0212
Sunday morning tastes even better with ube pancakes from Cutting Board Filipino Gastropub. The Filipino-American restaurant serves up the delightfully purple pancakes six days a week. Diners who aren’t early risers can still get their ube fix with coconut halo-halo for dessert.
Cutting Board Filipino Gastropub, 2131 Rock Springs Dr.; 702-233-9828