Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

The Christmas Season won’t be complete if you don’t see vendors of these two Filipino delicacies out in the street from late afternoon until evening beginning September.

Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

Puto Bumbong is made from a special variety of glutinous rice called Pirurutong which has a distinct purple color. It is soaked in salted water, ground then dried overnight to attain a powdery texture.

 Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

The powdered glutinous rice is then poured into hollow Bamboo tubes then placed on a special steamer/cooker then steamed until it’s done.

Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

When it’s soft and nice. It is placed in a small piece of banana leaf…

Puto Bumbong and Bibingka

Then topped with butter or margarine. The vendor put a generous amount of margarine on top of my Puto Bumbong.

Puto Bumbong and Bibingka
 Puto Bumbong (P25/$0.50)

Next, Sugar and grated coconut is sprinkled on top of the margarine. It is then wrapped in the banana leaf and the old newspaper under it to keep it moist and warm until its ready to be eaten.

Bibingka is rice cake made from Galapong or glutinous rice soaked in water then ground [with the water], coconut milk and eggs mixed together to form a batter. It is baked in a special clay pans lined with banana leaves heated by live charcoal on top and underneath.

If you order a Special Bibingka, it is topped with slices of cheese and salted duck eggs and would cost more.

Puto Bumbong and Bibingka
 Bibingka (P40/$0.83)

But a regular bibingka is topped with margarine and served with grated coconut on the side.

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →

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