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Pirurutong Black Rice Gives Puto Bumbong Purple Color
usually sold near churches in the Christmas season, puto bumbong is gelatinous rice of purple color steamed in bamboo tubes then served on banana leaves with grated coconut, butter and sugar.
Have you ever wondered why the puto bumbong is purple color?
You will usually say it's due to the violet food coloring added to the rice part of recipe but the truth is this: original, authentic puto bumbong recipe uses a variety of black rice that gives it the purple color and the unique taste.
typical puto bumbong you buy on the roadsides now are made from glutinous rice (malagkit) and mixed with food color for that purple color. So how would you know the authentic from the fake one? ask the vendor or you can guess from the price.
Pirurutong rice variety is a tad expensive than malagkit therefore the "immitation" is cheaper than the authentic one, and in taste, there's a slightly different texture/consistency if you use pirurutong. go figure it out as describing in words is not easy
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