Leche Puto Marries a Classic Filipino Dessert and BreakfastNovember 4, 2014
- Gela VelascoWords
As much as I love leche flan, I find that the servings are always too small in restaurants, at catered events, and at family reunions. The glutton in me feels shortchanged by the tiny pieces given after a heavy meal—after one or two bits of the flan, the dessert is gone, and yet I still crave for more of the caramel custard’s extra sweetness. I feel the opposite about puto: the ones bought from stores are either too bland or too buttery, and thus fail to satisfy in terms of taste and in quantity. Puto usually ends up too dry and lacks that sticky finish you get from other rice cake variations like suman. Thankfully, someone in the Quezon Province found a solution to both these eating issues by inventing the leche puto.
Don’t let this dessert-slash-breakfast’s angry name deceive you. The leche puto is also referred to as leche de puto or puto flan; whatever you call it, the combination’s impact remains the same. I was first introduced to this while I was groggy at a morning class; one bite instantly woke me up and my classmates and I finished the box in seconds. The only thing missing then was a hot cup of brewed coffee to complement the leche flan’s decadent sweetness. I didn’t feel shortchanged by the tiny flan as the puto gave the custard a more satisfying texture. The rice cake itself wasn’t bland either, thus enhancing what I tasted from the caramel. After I grabbed a box from a pop up stall in Glorietta, I managed to eat three or four in one sitting for the next day’s breakfast. Unlike leche flan or puto, I also ended up full after the three or four pieces, and thus led me to my sugar high coming earlier than expected.
Leche Puto is sometimes sold along with Rodilla’s Yema Cake during Glorietta 4’s weekend market in the ground floor. But you can also order directly from Rodilla’s by contacting 0926-576-6794 or looking for the necessary information on the following Facebook pages. Nothing beats bringing it home as pasalubong however, so don’t forget to grab a box in case you’re passing by Quezon.