You know it’s Christmas time in the Philippines when you see street vendors selling Puto Bumbong and Bibingka. These are normally served near churches so that you can have a warm snack after the morning mass or Misa De Gallo. Or if you can’t make it to the 4AM mass, there is the Sambang Gabi or night mass which is the anticipated mass of the next day.
Puto Bumbong is described as “a Filipino delicacy that’s traditionally served during the Christmas season in the Philippines. It literally translates to steamed glutinous rice (puto) cooked in bamboo (bumbong).” (from inuyaki.com)
For Via Mare’s version, the Puto Bumbong (PHP80) is served with either grated cheddar cheese (add PHP17) or grated Queso de Bola/Edam cheese (add PHP26). The glutinous rice is also liberally slathered with butter, yummm.
What I like about Via Mare is that this dish is served all year round! So I don’t need to wait for Christmas time before I can eat this delicious Filipino dish.
Here is the Puto Bumbong for your viewing pleasure 🙂 I love mine with grated Queso de Bola —
Via Mare has a lot of branches around the Metro; we specifically dined in their Shangri-La Mall branch earlier —
Cafe Via Mare
Address: Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza Mall,
Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Phone No: (02) 6311506
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 11AM to 9:30PM,
Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 9:30PM
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