Have You Tried This Famous 22-Peso Sans Rival?

It's not where you'd expect it to be.

IMAGE Rudolph Santos

We all have our go-to cafes and go-to recipes whenever we're badly craving the comfort of a buttery sans rival. One of the least expected places you can find this dessert is at the few existing Burger Machine stalls in the Philippines. And we kid you not, this burger joint's sans rival has a cult following.

Photo by Rudolph Santos
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Those who grew up with a Burger Machine near their house, school, or workplace know that this burger joint has ridiculously delicious and affordable sans rival that hits just right after you've had your fill of Burger Machine's buy-one-take-one burgers. 

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This sans rival has a sweet, creamy, and buttery flavor-just as what you'd expect from sans rival, plus the melt-in-your-mouth buttercream blends perfectly with the crunchy cashews and chewy meringue. It's small enough that you can eat it like an ice cream sandwich.

Two decades ago, a slice of this sans rival cost P12 to P15, but now it has a price tag of P22 per slice. There's also an option of getting a bigger sans rival serving that's close to the size of a notepad. If you're lucky and the Burger Machine stall you go to has this, you can buy the sans rival cake for only P110. Do take note that there are Burger Machine stalls, like the one at Evergreen, Bagumbong in Caloocan, that require an advanced order if you want the bigger sans rival.

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The reason why this dessert is super popular is not just because it's delicious and affordable, but it also plays the nostalgia card. People who have memories of buying Burger Machine's sans rival during one's childhood will say that it tastes exactly the same.

Longtime fan Rudolph Santos shares, "I remember my dad used to buy me some as pasalubong with bulilit burgers. Even when in high school, favorite ko rin yan kasi it [Burger Machine] was our tambayan after school sa may Kamuning." He adds, "The texture is unlike sa iba na either matigas or too soft. Sa kanila, [it's] just right and [it's] not too sweet, too!"

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