Puto Bumbong : A Well Loved Filipino Delicacy

Puto Bumbong is a traditional Filipino delicacy often sold during Simbang Gabi (dawn mass). My first taste of it was back in college when I was still a chorister. I remember singing for the dawn mass, eyes half-open, dress slightly crumpled, and my brain still left in dreamland. After the mass, we would head over to the line of stalls situated outside the church where vendors are selling various kakanin. I would always head straight to whoever sells Puto Bumbong.
Now that I have temporarily taken down my chorister hat, it became almost impossible for me to even get a whiff of those freshly cooked puto in bamboo tubes. Not until I discovered this kiosk at Nccc Mall that sells these purple-colored sweet delicacy all year round.
Nccc Mall Food Court
Puto Bumbong is made out of glutinous rice called “Pirurutong”, which has a distinct purple color. The rice is soaked in salted water, dried overnight, and poured into bamboo tubes (bumbong), and then steamed until white smoke rises out from the tubes. It is often served with butter/margarine and shredded coconut mixed with sugar.  Read More »