How to Cook "Suman" for a complete meal?


Most Asian countries eat rice for more or less 3 times a day. In the Philippines, a meal without rice can't be considered complete. That's how important it is in Pinoys' everyday indulgence and satisfaction.

No wonder why my mother is always reminding us not to skip a single meal without rice, sometimes even in "merienda" (snack). She loves to experiment in cooking rice and sometimes leads to mouthwatering creations. Among those creations, her "ham and cheese suman (rice cake) with coco jam sauce" is one of my favorites.

suman wrapped in banana leaves
suman wrapped in banana leaves

There's a lot of techniques in cooking rice esp. the glutinous type (which is the main ingredient in this recipe) but as long as you manage to cook it right, expect to satisfy your appetite!

I am not sure if someone out there tried this version but here's my mom's way. Yummy!

banana leaves
banana leaves
grated/ dessicated coconut
grated/ dessicated coconut
coco milk
coco milk

Ham and Cheese Suman with Coco Jam Sauce


What you need?
1. 2 kg of "malagkit" (sticky/glutinous rice)
2. 3 tsp of salt
3. 1/2 kg brown sugar
4. 2 coconut (3 cups Coconut milk extracted from the grated/dessicated coconut)
5. slices of ham and cheese


others:
*banana leaves
*string
*caserrole and steamer


Here we go!

1. Wash the "malagkit" (sticky rice) with water three times and drain.

2. Pour some water to the grated/dessicated coconut and extract the (first) milk from it. Set aside but don't throw the dessicated coconut yet. Add some water again and extract the milk for the second time. (or you can also just buy coconut milk from the market)

3. Instead of water, cook the "malagkit" in coconut milk which was acquired from the second extraction. Put some salt about 3 tsp. or according to your taste. Simmer until most of the coco milk has been absorbed and the "malagkit" rice is done. Set aside.

4. Soak the banana leaves in hot water to soften the leaves and clean them as well.

5. Use the banana leaves as sheets to spread the rice on, put the ham and cheese inside, size may vary according to your preference,(my mother can make 20-25 pieces from this preparation). Wrap and tight with the string.

6. Steam for 30 minutes. Let it cool afterwards.


7.Now it's time to make the coco jam as our sauce. In a heavy-bottomed pot, combine the coconut milk (from the first extraction) and sugar. Mix well by stirring continuously and boil until the mixture thickens, around 30 minutes in a low fire.

8. We're done!!! Serve the "suman" together with the sauce or coco jam on a small plate or banana leaf.

"ENJOY!"...yum! yum! Bon Appétit!^.^

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steamingsteamingsuman- the sticky rice productcoco jam- our sauce..Sorry for the picture quality, I just used my phone's camera... eating time!- our suman with the coco jam, ham and cheese are inside.. you can serve this in breakfast, lunch, merienda and even dinner if you want..
steaming
steaming
steaming
steaming
suman- the sticky rice product
suman- the sticky rice product
coco jam- our sauce..
coco jam- our sauce..
Sorry for the picture quality, I just used my phone's camera... eating time!- our suman with the coco jam, ham and cheese are inside.. you can serve this in breakfast, lunch, merienda and even dinner if you want..
Sorry for the picture quality, I just used my phone's camera... eating time!- our suman with the coco jam, ham and cheese are inside.. you can serve this in breakfast, lunch, merienda and even dinner if you want..

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Joy56 6 years ago

wow wish i could just taste that, it makes the mouth water.


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

Hello ma'am! ^.^ thank you for dropping by. Suman is also good to fill a hungry stomach..^.^..


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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

definitely like the look of this, I'm going to have a go, thanks pinkhawk


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Interesting recipe. Something new to try.


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

@liswilliams- thank you very much ma'am!^.^..hope you will also like the taste.

@Sandyspider- hope you can try this, thank you very much for dropping by.. ^.^


aravis 5 years ago

Where's the ham and cheese? I don't see it.


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pinkhawk 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

Hello aravis! Sorry I was not able to show the picture...but the ham and cheese was actually inside the rice cake...^_^!


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Wow! I´m hungry now. It´s a very useful hub to me so I can make another type of suman. I have link my hub to yours a few weeks ago and it´s only now I have read yours. I´ll bookmark this and thanks for sharing.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

They look to pretty to eat! Great sharing!

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