Authentic Cebuano Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And just this morning, Geliebter introduced me to traditional Cebuano breakfast.
Puto and Sikwati are among the beloved local comfort food in this city for decades. Puto in Cebu is steamed sticky rice, very much like the usual suman or biko. The difference is puto is not that sweet and is bland, while the other is made with sticky rice and brown sugar, thus more flavorful .
Now don’t confuse Cebu’s puto (which is also referred as puto maya) with the other puto that you see in some parts of the country. Puto can be steamed ground rice or Puto Mamon which does not include rice.
On the other hand, Sikwati, a.k.a tsokolate in Tagalog, is a hot chocolate drink from chocolate tablets called tabliya or tableya. Tabliya or Tableya is made of dried and pulverized cacao seeds.
Geliebter bought me two puto, sikwati, and mango and prepared my breakfast.
Commonly, people would eat puto with raw sugar, otherwise known as muscovado or molasses sugar. If you don’t have that, refined sugar would do quite well, too, and then you take a sip of local hot cocoa or dip the puto in it (as pictured). Sometimes, puto is occasionally paired with ripe mango, which is also a very abundant fruit in Cebu.
I’ve tried both. And though both sets are yummy, I enjoyed the one dipped in sikwati rather than the one paired with mango. The chocoholic in me.
Puto and sikwate is not very common nowadays in Cebu homes anymore. However, there are still a handful few who remain to be patrons of the traditional breakfast.
How about you? What’s for breakfast today?