Puto is steamed rice cake and it’s a very popular snack or dessert in the Philippines. You can eat it on its own or paired with savory or sweet dishes. There are many kinds of puto and these are just some the more popular ones.
This is the more traditional type of puto commonly found in places that sell pansit malabon. It’s a common thing to pair carbs with carbs in the Philippines. Puto becomes the perfect partner for pansit malabon.
This puto is very soft yet firm. It’s has just the right amount of sweetness. The cheese on top is nice and salty and provides a nice contrast in flavor.
puto with peanut butter
This is my second favorite puto. I bought this puto and the pancit malabon pictured above from Pancit ng Taga Malabon in Greenhills. It’s the only branch that sells this puto. I later found out this puto came from Rocha’s Delicious Puto & Kutsinta. It’s a cross between puto and kutsinta. It’s a bit chewy and has cheese on top. Once you try this you can’t stop yourself from eating piece after piece until it’s all gone.
P100 a pack
This is kutsinta, a brown rice cake. What makes is different from puto is the addition of lye water. The texture and taste is totally different from puto. It’s very smooth and gelatinous. It’s usually eaten with grated coconut. I bought this kutsinta from a stall in Unimart.
203 Wilson St., Greenhills