Puto Bumbong And Bibingka

It’s really hard to imagine the Christmas here in the Philippines without seeing those Puto Bumbong and Bibingka being sold outside the church especially after the Simbang Gabi (Misa De Gallo). Seeing these yummy Pinoy delicacies is more like a reminder that Christmas is nearly approaching.
PC182792tPuto Bumbong is a traditional purple-colored steamed cake. It is typically made from a special variety of sticky or glutinous rice (called pirurutong). They said that Puto Bumbong is basically inspired from the Indian Puttu but instead of the traditional green, this delicacy is dyed in purple as it is the liturgical color of the Advent season, the time when Simbang Gabi usually takes place. The rice mixture is soaked in saltwater and dried overnight. It is being cooked using the traditional bamboo tube steamer. The mixture will be poured in the bamboo tube which is called “Bumbong” and then steamed until steam rises out of the bamboo tubes. It is served topped with butter or margarine and shredded coconut mixed with brown sugar or better yet with “panutsa” (muscovado) PC192830tBibingka on the other hand is also a type of rice cake. It’s more like a Pinoy version of the Western’s Pancake but thicker, fluffier and with a twist. Bibingka is made with rice flour (galapong) and coconut milk or water. Other ingredients can vary greatly, but the most common secondary ingredients are eggs and milk. Interestingly, what makes Bibingka more distinctive with other pancakes is how it is being cooked. Bibingka is cooked using a special clay pot , lined with a piece of banana leaf, with live coals on top and underneath. The end result is a soft and spongy large flat cake that is slightly charred on both surfaces and infused with the unique aroma of toasted banana leaves. It is usually topped with slices of kesong puti (white cheese) and itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs).
Along with Puto bumbong and Bibingka, there’s also another popular pinoy delicacy known as Suman (another rice cake). Oh and every time you buy puto bumbong or Bibingka, don’t forget to ask for your free tea!

4 thoughts on “Puto Bumbong And Bibingka”

  1. [SK] says:

    ooh, thanks for sharing, this in a very informational post.. so these are the traditional Christmas food you have in Philippines.. interesting, and they are also rather colorful.. they look good and i think from your description they actually taste good too!! i would like to have a try if i have got a chance..

    BTW, congratulations to Miss Philippines crowing Miss Universe 2015!! 🙂

  2. Franc Ramon says:

    Puto bumbong and Bibingki is one of the reasons I love this season. I love the level of sweetness and the unique taste.

  3. Jojo Vito says:

    wow, its Christmas time and Puto Bumbong and Bibingka will once again be a star .I really really love these kakanins 🙂

  4. Renz B says:

    Puto bumbong is my favorite Pinoy kakanin! Believe it or not, never ko pang naranasan mag simbang gabi

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