Pagkalami sa puto ug sikwati
Sayo sa buntag nga painit kini
Pakapinan ug manggang hinog
Aguy kalami! Mag sa-ulog!
Puto and sikwati is very yummy
Early in the morning, this’ll warm your tummy
You may top it with some ripe mango
It’s so delicious, it’ll make you do the tango!
Puto and sikwati is a common breakfast dish in the Visayan Region of The Philippines.
Puto is a glutinous rice and it is wrapped on banan leaf. The banana leaf not only adds flavor to the glutinous rice, it serves as its wrapper too so no need for plastic.
Sikwati or also spelled as sikwate, is essentially hot cocoa. This goes well together with the puto. You may dip the puto in the sikwati or you may get a bowl and soak it in. Use your fork or spoon and be very careful because it’s hot!
The ripe mango, which is the national fruit of The Philippines and one of the products here in Cebu, is optional. If you want to “upgrade” your puto and sikwati experience, put the mango on top of the puto and eat then slowly sip the sikwati (ahhhh).
Puto is not always white. There’s a purple-ish one we call Tapul (this is my fave). For me, I find this has more flavour than the white one.
You may also eat the puto by itself (no sikwati or mango). Usually if eaten alone, we top or dip a bit of it in brown sugar or better yet, in muscuvado.