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Filipino Food Pick: Puto Bumbong


puto bumbong

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The most awaited season of the year has finally arrived and the spirit of Christmas is felt and seen everywhere you go. Everyone is in the mood for spreading kindness, compassion, and charity to one another. And in this season we are also privileged to taste the goodness of this time with food and delicacies like puto bumbong.

Puto Bumbong is a Filipino delicacy that is made of glutinous rice cooked inside a small bamboo tube. It is among the most popular delicacies served during the yuletide season along with bibingka and biko. Ingredients include pirurutong (glutinous rice that has a distinctly purple color), purple yam powder, muscuvado sugar, banana leaves, butter, and grated coconut. The standard procedure of making this purple-colored delicacy includes soaking, grinding, drying of rice batter, and steaming. When the steam passes through the bamboo tube, it means the puto is cooked and must be taken out of the bamboo tube with the help of butter or coconut oil. When the puto is out, it is topped with melted butter, muscuvado sugar, and grated coconut. It is best served fresh and warm.