Puto

Puto

Divert your attentions away from the Spanish and Mexican connections of the Philippines in order to get to the story behind this hot, steamy, and sticky rice cake. Puto is more closely related to the rice and coconut South Indian puttu, rather than it's vulgar Spanish-language non-cousin. 

At first glance, the buttery sweetness of puto might mislead you into calling it a dessert. But its yeasty aroma, from its fermented rice batter, and the burnt coconut or cheese that tops it, might make you think otherwise. 

Or, perhaps, the sight of puto drenched in dinuguan (pork blood stew). Filipino households sometimes serve this rice cake with savoury stews, perfect for soaking up the rich sauces of the cuisine. It's no replacement for the mandatory scoops of rice on the plate, but it makes a great partner.

Puto

There are a great many ways to make this dish; the video above is simply one version. If you search YouTube, you may find several from which to choose.

Restaurants with puto

Bella's Lechon
place 1139 Morningside Avenue, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.282.3288
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 09:30:00 to 20:30:00
star_rate Rating: 3.60
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Happy Tummy Filipino Cuisine
place 2950 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.347.8838
star_rate Rating: 3.50
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Jace Pinoy 2
place 4430 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 416.293.3351
star_rate Rating: 4.10
Lola Sally's Authentic Filipino
place 4403 Kingston Rd #102, Scarborough
local_phone Phone: 647.479.5855
av_timer Hours: Tuesday 10:00:00 to 19:30:00
star_rate Rating: 4.50
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