Suman from The Philippines
Mashed sticky rice cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves. Suman sounds good. And, it can be really good if you find the right vendor. The problem with this common sweet treat in The Philippines is that many vendors take short cuts in making it.
Suman made with condensed milk rather than coconut milk, and ordinary rice rather than sticky rice. The result is disappointing.
If made the traditional way, the Suman is really quite good.
Suman is soft, slightly sticky, but the banana leaf will save your fingers! Suman is almost like a naturally made candy bar.
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There’s also a cheaper, albeit by about one peso and harder to find cassava version of the Suman treat. I’ve had both, and can say the sticky rice one wins!
If you come across Suman, then try to get it while it’s still warm. Mall’s and bakeries are not the best places. Try to find a food stall area and start asking. Hot fresh traditionally made Suman is really good.
This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting Great food from the Philippines