It is considered a delicacy that has a unique preparation. It makes use of a “lansungan,” a heat steamer mounted on a pot of boiling water. It is kettle shaped with (ordinarily) two tubes that protrude and hold the “bumbong” or bamboo tubes filled with the needed ingredients and steamed through.
It takes only seconds for the puto bumbong to cook and the speed at which it is done is almost as fascinating as the taste. Almost.
While we Filipinos take it for granted that somehow the puto bumbong will be available come Christmas time, we asked two puto bumbong vendors if it is still worthwhile to go into the puto bumbong business.