Some people might think I'm biased and will disagree with me, that's okay. But if you get a chance to go to Pangasinan, maybe on your way to Hundred Islands, try to swing by Calasiao and sample their puto and experience it yourself, but plan to be there early AM though or you'll get the putos from other towns. No, I'm not from Calasiao, we're neighbors though so I grew up eating these puto. I have been to Mindanao and Visaya and of course, Metro Manila, and I liked their puto but I like the Calasiao puto the best. (no hard feelings folks!)
By the way, Calasiao is a town in the province of Pangasinan and is right next to Dagupan City where I am from.
I microwaved some of these puto today and oh my golly, by golly! they are like fresh out of the steamer! I can't believe they survived the more than 30-hour trip from Pangasinan!
tsokolate tabarelia, Engbee hopia, Romana peanut brittle from Mangaldan, Pangasinan
It is good thing my husband doesn't care for any of the above mentioned treats so I don't have to share them with him. My friend Bobbi who had been to the Philippines few times, loves bangus as much as she loves the Filipinos, but hates the belly with passion , is coming out on Sunday to have a Bangus Party with me but I don't mind at all because I will have the best part and will enjoy the belly. Ha-ha!!!
As you know, when you put whole bangus on the table at a Filipino dinner, be it sinigang (stewed), fried or grilled, the belly will disappear first, as fast as lightning. Yeah, Filipinos fight for the belly!! Come on down, Bobbi!