( Glutinous rice cake wrap with banana leaves )
Suman is a rice cake originating from the Philippines. It is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, and often steamed wrapped in buli or buri palm (Corypha) leaves. It is usually eaten sprinkled with sugar. Suman is also known as budbod in the Visayan languages which dominate the southern half of the country.
Suman is usually sold during fiesta's and a MUST on OUR table every special occasion. My Grandma loved to make suman and she always put some ginger on them for flavor and removed them before wrapping the suman with banana leaves. Although, I watched my Grandma make Suman, I never get her recipe. It just always feel that there's something into it that makes me wanna eat it over and over again. I would say this is my ultimate favorite snack so far. I always find ways to make suman every once in awhile whenever my craving kicks in. Making Suman, is like taking me back to those sweet memories from my Grandma and fun memories from my friends. I'm kinda missed those days, during Fiesta, all my circle friends gonna stroll around, cheering basketball game, hanging out at video-k and Me! sitting on the side eating Suman (hehehhe). My friends always tease me about my Suman addiction and we laughed all the time. Its fun until now we still talk about it ( heheh)..
So, This week! I'm gonna bring you back to your fun memories with your delicious snack. Share your fun and cute story. I would love to know!! Meantime, Check out my easiest recipe for Suman. Turn up some of your favorite music. Hang out on my kitchen, and lets start cooking...wink ..:)
- This recipe is only good for like 12-15 decent size Suman just double the ingredients if your making it for larger batch.
- Taste according to your preference.
2 cups Glutinous Rice/ Sticky Rice- washed and drained
2 cups Coconut Milk and Water- I used a 13.5 oz. can of coconut milk and added enough water to make it exactly 2 cups.
1 teaspoon salt
1.) Combine all the ingredients in a large pot. Taste the mixture according to your preference ,then let it boil. Reduced the heat and continue cooking until the rice cooked. (It just same process of cooking rice, just replaced the water with coconut milk)
-You can also use the rice cooker for this if you want.:)
2.) When the rice is cooked, let it cool down before wrapping. Meanwhile, prepare the banana leaves for wrapping.
I used frozen banana leaves available at many Asian store. Defrost the banana leaves before using it, washed thoroughly using hot water to avoid from breaking. Set it aside and wipe it down.
3.) Start wrapping the Suman, by adding 2-3 spoonful of cooked rice onto the banana leaves. Size of the Suman varies depending how big you want it to be. Roll the cooked rice, then fold both end of banana leaves to secure the cooked rice.
-( I forgot to take picture on wrapping process, but I'm sure you can picture it out..wink)
4.) Put the wrapped Suman and set them in a steamer. Steam for like 15-25 minutes...:)
5.) Enjoy! best served with sugar on the side, but I like mine without sugar..:)