Cassava Suman is a native Filipino rice cake (kakanin) that is comprised of grated cassava, brown sugar, and coconut cream. The mixture is wrapped and sealed individually using banana leaves. This recipe is straightforward. Anyone can easily prepare the mixture. The issue might be on where to get the banana leaves, specifically the people outside […]
Suman sa ibos is a simple kakanin recipe. This is pretty much the same as suman sa lihiya except that the later uses lye water and is wrapped in banana leaves. This recipe requires glutinous rice and coconut milk and the wrap is made from buri or palm leaves. The word “Ibos” pertains to the […]
Suman sa Lihiya is the most basic variation. Glutinous rice is soaked in water for several hours before putting-in a portion of lye water and wrapping each serving in soft banana leaves. The wrapped mixture is then boiled until the glutinous rice is done. This is best eaten either with sugar or latik (this is the residue when coconut milk is simmered).
Glutinous rice comes in different varieties; each has a different name, but all seem to possess the same texture. When shopping for glutinous rice, do not look for the “glutinous rice” label alone. This sticky rice has many names and varieties. Feel free to choose among the following: sticky rice, waxy rice, botan rice, biroin chal, sweet rice, mochi rice, pearl rice, and malagkit.
If you are in the Philippines or any tropical place, getting fresh young banana leaves will not be a problem. If in case your situation is like mine wherein banana leaves comes fresh frozen from Asian stores, try not to run the leaves over fire to make it more flexible – it will most likely crack. Instead, gently wash it with warm water.