Puto maya

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In the comment thread of my Lasang Pinoy 5 entry, Sha mentioned that puto bumbong was not popular in Cebu the way puto maya was. Puto, of course, means rice cake and both puto bumbong and puto maya are variations of the basic thing.

What is puto maya? It is glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and, just like puto bumbong, eaten with a mixture of niyog (grated coconut) and sugar.

The choicest part of puto maya is the tutong–the crust that forms at the bottom of the pan. In the photo above, taken at a potluck Christmas party last week, the rice cakes were moulded and the tutong arranged on top of each cake as a garnish.

My lola (grandmother) used to cook this classic Filipino delicacy often when my brother and I were still in grade school. She would call us (her house was next to ours) when the puto maya was still warm and we would eat with gusto. Haven’t tried cooking it myself yet. I will, though. Sometime.


  1. says

    ito sa amin not bumbong
    nag umuwi ako namatay na pala yong suki namin
    in many ways when I was young I was much pretty much aware of other regional cuisine kasi every year we were in Manila….

  2. says

    Agnoramous talaga ko… akala ko pang-harot (tease) lang yan nung bata ako. Alam mo yunng chant–“gaya-gaya puto-maya”?

    Pagkain pala!

    Yung inangit, love ko yan sa ginataang bilo-bilo.

  3. says

    LOL Auee, pagkain nga! :lol:

    Actually, it’s very similar to inangit. Or they’re the same. I have a suspicion that they’re just called by different names in different regions.

  4. says

    Oh Puto Maya, how I miss you. Di ba’t I mentioned I went home last year? Hehehe, I was planning to shed off some pounds there pero hanggang plano lang ako. Dahil takaw sa native foods. I went to the market almost everyday, very early in the morning dahil talagang presko pa lahat ang bilihin. My reward at the end of pamalengke ay ang pumunta sa isang turo-turo in the market and ordered Puto Maya with hot native chocolate.