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Christmas Street Food

Christmas Street Food
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Along with the massive feast enjoyed over Christmas, there is a lot of delicious street food popping up all over the Philippines this time of year.  Some of my favorite street food includes bibingka and puto bumbong.  Bibingka is a flat cake placed on banana leaves topped with butter and grated coconut and puto bumbong are sweet little cakes made from purple yams.  Since we'll be in the States this Christmas, we were thinking of putting together these favorite street snacks into a gift for friends and family.  We may even cook up a few during a party!  They are so delicious and not many people can turn down a treat made with bananas.  Maybe once we're done we'll wrap them up into multicolored paper and surprise our co-workers...

photo courtesy of wifelysteps.com


  • 1/2 stick of soft butter

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar

  • 5 eggs

  • 16 oz rice flour

  • 5 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 cans coconut milk

  • coconut flakes

  • cheddar cheese



Let's Get Cooking!

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease a 13 x 8" baking sheet.

  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter until smooth.  Add the sugar.  Beat until fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs one by one while beating.

  4. In a medium bowl, beat the rice flower and baking powder.  Pour that into the egg-sugar-butter mix.

  5. Add the milk.  Beat.  Add the coconut flakes.  Beat.  Add the cheese.  Beat.

  6. Pour everything into your greased sheet and pour it all in!  It will get very high.

  7. Bake this for 15 minutes.  Then turn down your oven to 375 degrees and keep going for another 20 minutes.

Puto Bumbong

You'll need:

  • 35 oz. malagkit (glutinous) rice

  • 4.4 oz. ordinary rice

  • coconut, shredded

  • butter

  • violet food coloring

  • bumbong (bamboo shoots)

  • salt

  • sugar

Let's get cooking!

1.  In a medium bowl, mix the glutinous and ordinary rice together and soak for one hour in salt water with food coloring. Put mixture inside flour sack towel and let dry overnight. Place something on top to squeeze out the water.

2.  The next morning, heat steamer with water. Put a small amount of rice mixture inside bumbong (bamboo tubes). Attach bumbong to steamer. When steam starts to come out of the bumbong, push puto within. Top with coconut and sugar before serving.

Now wrap these puppies up and give them out!  Food is one of the best things you can give to friends and family, especially if the food is cake.  Enjoy!

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