February 21, 2011

Sticky Stuff

Suman is a Filipino delicacy served over the Christmas holidays, which in the Philippines, it is jokingly said, goes from early September to end January. Traditionally suman is served as dessert at the Noche Buena meal (Christmas Eve after late night mass).

This delicious dish is made of sticky rice cooked with coconut milk and steamed in banana leaves. The rice mixture is then skillfully wrapped in buri leaves. There are regional variations in the recipe, and these days we can buy them flavored, including chocolate suman!

I found these being sold in front of the Quiapo Church in Manila just a few weeks ago.

Manila, 2011

Suman is typically served with sugar and grated coconut, or with a coconut based sauce, or with ripe yellow mango.

This is my offering for Mellow Yellow Monday.

18 comments:

Luna Miranda said...

wow, you went to Quiapo? was that a photo-walk?:p

i love suman, in Bacolod, we call it ibos. i tried to learn how to do the coconut leaf wrap but it's just too difficult! the puso (steamd rice wrapped in coco leaf) in Cebu is similarly wrapped but rounded.

Lesley said...

Love the guy smiling and waving!!

chubskulit said...

Miss that a lot!

My Mellow Yellow Magnet, have a nice Monday!

T. Becque said...

Oh my gosh that sounds good!

cieldequimper said...

Sounds.... filling! I'd HAVE to try!

H said...

I love rice cooked in coconut milk and the extra wrapping etc makes it sound even better. I know I would love these!

jabblog said...

Suman sounds delicious!

anjoe playhouse said...

You live in a world full of - for me - unknown food. I would not mind taste this Mellow Yellow Monday dessert ;-)
nb. Such a big smile you got :-D

Mona said...

my mother's favorite :) i love eating suman too with sugar .. Take a peek with my MYM

Kay L. Davies said...

Sounds delicious, Francisca. Due to a distinct lack of banana leaves and buri leaves in Alberta, I would have to come there rather than try to make them, but I could probably find coconut milk in which to cook rice. Then I think I'd serve it with mango and grated coconut, or mango and mango, what the heck, I love mango. LOL
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
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Kim, USA said...

Oh my I missed this too. I can imagine myself eating this and drink fresh cocoa. Happy Monday!
Yellow Flowers

Pat Tillett said...

Sounds and looks yummy!

Evelyn said...

I think I would love this the traditional way.

Lucy Corrander said...

How cheerful that the man is waving.

Lucy

VP said...

I am sure this would be delicious!

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

And I see no calories anywhere! Right?

You're very silly. On Images, I do all the talking. Lois Anne provides some photos once in awhile. She's a good talker, though, so maybe I'll let her talk occasionally just to see if you can determine which of us is talking.

Does any of that make sense. I'm up way too early this morning and now I have to go play golf. Darn!

JM said...

I bet I would love this! :-)