Puto at kutsinta (steamed rice cakes) are snack favorites in the Philippines, and are actually two different kinds of rice cakes. Puto is a generic rice cake using finely milled rice flour, mixed with coconut milk and gently steamed on Chinese-styled bamboo bowls.
Puto is artificially colored (optional) except for the light green ones which are flavored with pandan extract. The cakes are also topped with a small chunk or slice of cheese for accent.
Kutsinta (or cuchinta) is cooked with small amounts of lye-colored water and is lightly sweet and neutral in taste. These two rice cakes are often served or sold together as they complement and make a hearty snack. Topped with grated coconut and served on fresh banana leaves, nothing beats puto’t kutsinta for a real taste of native or traditional Pinoy snacks.
Mabuhay ang puto’t kutsinta!