As a kid, I always wondered how this Filipino delicacy is made, or what is it really made of? You know, those bamboo pipes are pretty interesting to look at; and it seems like they are just playing, so..
Anyhow, we are talking about no other than the Puto Bumbong — a recipe that is traditionally made during the Christmas season. Okay, let’s now see how it is actually done.
First. For those who know how ‘puto bumbong’ really looks like on the streets during December — this ‘puto bumbong’ appears shiny instead of rough — that’s because she didn’t use a bamboo steamer.
Other than appearance, the ingredients in the video are generally what are used to prepare for this recipe. So, it’s okay.
Anyway, it is important that you protect yourself from the hot steam which is also one reason why those bamboo pipes that are used has a cloth wrapped around it — not to mention the need to also put some cloth inside the steamer to absorb some of the heat when done.
Now, t’is how it’s done near churches! Ingredients are held together and poured inside the bamboo pipe as we wait for it to cook.
While using violet food coloring is okay, the use of ‘real’ purple yam is obviously much better as it blends well with your sticky rice. Yep, just try not to substitute its 3 other main ingredients: butter, grated coconut and panocha (brown concentrated sugar) — for this would not be ‘puto bumbong’ anymore if you do. Hah!
Simple ingredients as they may seem but the finished product is one thing you’d truly enjoy. We did. And now, it’s your turn — Enjoy!