Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#61_PASALUBONG ( treats from home)

My dear friends from Calasiao, Pangasinan, came back today after a 6-week visit to Pinas. Before they left they asked me what I wanted them to bring back. I told them to learn how to make the famous white puto (rice cakes) so we can make them here. Atchi Glo said she'll just bring me back some made ones because the puto maker in Calasiao will never, never, never give out their trade secrets in making the puto. The makers are so secretive and protective of their recipes that they make their puto in their armored backyards when the whole entire town is still asleep.(lol)

These are CALASIAO PUTO, when fresh they are a little sticky, white as snow, silky, a little chewy, soft, bouncy,spongy, moist and has the right sweetness (for me).
Translation: PERFECT PUTO!!

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.

ADDENDUM: 1-15-09
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!
Thank you very much Mr. and Mrs. Parayno!!

These are some other treats they brought back and shared them with me, (bless their hearts!):
tsokolate tabarelia, Engbee hopia, Romana peanut brittle from Mangaldan, Pangasinan

And the best of all the pasalubong: boneless bangus from Dagupan.
Mmmmm, Mmmmmm!!

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!


  1. Hello,
    I have read a lot of pinoy food blogs like overseas pinoy market manila, manang, iskandals, etc but your recipes are the easiest. I am not a good cook but sometimes have the urge to try filipino recipes. Your pandesal looks like the pandesal I have known back home, and the biko recipes are tempting to try because they seem easy to make. I made biko several times and I gave up, it did not turn out good and it was time consuming. When I have get togethers, I look forward to make your recipes. Salamat.

  2. Anonymous, it's very kind of you! I'm glad you like the recipes here. Just don't give up if you fail the first time trying a new a recipe. I know because that's how I learned to trial and error.
    Thank you very much.

  3. My dad is from Mangaldan and when I was young, we always go to Pangasinan every summer. We always buy puto, patupat, and Romana peanut brittle before heading back to Manila. Your pictures brought back the good old days!!!

  4. thank you Beng for visiting. OMG patupat is my favorite thing.

  5. I found your website from Manang. I saw a patupat recipe online but what makes it so good is that they boil it in sugarcane juice. That's when I said, forget it.

  6. beng I wish I know how to make the patupat..that's is one of the kakanin in the philippines that can't be duplicated anywhere else. I think they only make them in Pangasinan if I'm not mistaken.

  7. How about tupig? I love this delicacy from Pangasinan, or is it? I did not know you can bring those fish here.

  8. Anonymous, I love tupig, too. i wish I know how to make them. I think they only make them in Pangasinan..haven't seen them anywhere else.
    Yes, those bangus were vacuum packed then frozen and were packed in styrofoam coolers.Amazingly, they were still cold when they got here.

  9. I recognize these foods. My parents are from Villasis and Mangatarem. I have a lot of fond memories of Dagupan.

  10. hello, anonymous. thank you for visiting this site. I'm from Dagupan, but never been to Villasis and Mangatarem...although they are close to Dagupan (I think!) Are your parents still over there?

  11. must agree... calasiao puto is the best!! :D

    and nothign beats eng bee tin Hopia!! ube please!! :D try their ready to eat tikoy rolls too.. :D

  12. Hello po.I am looking for a recipe and i just found your site and i like it. Miss ko na ang Puto sa Calasiao. hoping to find a good recipe for puto calasiao.Taga Dagupan City din ako. Saan po kayo sa dagupan?

  13. Anonymous, taga Dagupan mismo ako. Email mo ako para makapagusap tayo...baka magkakilala pa tayo!