Puto Maya with Tsokolate

By joselle - April 27, 2011

Been thinking a lot about puto and tsokolate lately. Although Dumaguete is not known for its budbud or puto, the yummy rice delicacies that go superbly with hot chocolate or ripe mangoes, Tanjay is. Tanjay is a smaller city about an hour away from Duma, and they are known for their budbud and tsokolate. At the beginning of summer I was going past the Tabo area near Sidlakang Negros and spotted a small stall that sold fresh Tanjay budbud and tsokolate cakes, which are used to make great hot chocolate. I bought one pack for PHP 100 and have been slowly going through the cakes whenever we have budbud and puto maya in the house.

Tsokolate from Tanjay

Also tasted the puto maya in Bacong, when John and I went there for breakfast. They also serve the puto maya with hot chocolate, which they serve in small shot glasses, but the chocolate does not compare with the ones you can make out of Tanjay tsokolate. The puto maya are sold wrapped in smoked banana leaves, and they often come in these triangular shapes with pointed ends. These cakes are also served in the Dumaguete Public Market, but there they serve you puto maya straight from the pot.

Puto maya in Bacong
(photos by JP)

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