Filipino Rice cake aka Suman
There are numerous varieties of suman, with almost every town or locality having its speciality, it is wrapped in leaves and steamed to perfection.
It's been a long time since I last visited the foodtribe. In this post I will share the simple snack from the province made of sticky rice. Away from the busiest and noisy city come join me to relax while sharing this delicious rice dessert which i think some of our neighbor asian country had their version too.
Suman is a rice cake originating in the Philippines. It is made from glutinious rice cooked in coconut milk, often wrapped in banana leaves, coconut leaves, or buli or buri palm leaves for steaming. It is usually eaten sprinkled with sugar or laden with latik syrup, toasted coconut flakes, coco jam or even local chocolate. It is also best paired with hot coffee and hot choco and can be a breakfast too. other variation of suman used cassava instead of sticky rice.
Suman wrapping is a unique art in itself, and can be traced to pre-colonial roots which have had contact with Indian traditions. Wrappers utilize a wide variety of indigenous materials such as palm, banana, anahaw and bamboo leaves. Some wrappings are simple folds,Others are in vertical coils and others are in pyramid-like shapes.