Double-steaming like a master to the perfect Suman Malagkit
Suman is a popular Filipino snack and EVERYONE likes a piece in the mid-afternoon.
At first glance, it may seem complicated. However, a look at the ingredients will tell you otherwise.
The difficult thing in cooking the suman is the length of the preparation as you will have to steam it twice to make it like a suman MASTER.
In this post we'll cover:
Suman Malagkit Recipe Tips
Suman Malagkit Recipe
- 2 cups white glutinous rice
- 1½ cans (13.5 oz) coconut milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- banana leaves for wrapping
- Rinse the rice until water runs clear then drain.
- In a wok or heavy pot, combine rice, coconut milk, sugar, and salt.
- Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes in medium heat while stirring constantly then reduce to lower heat.
- Mixture is done when rice becomes very sticky and almost dry.
- Let the temperature cool down before wrapping.
- Prepare the banana leaves by wiping away any white residues with a damp cloth.
- Remove the spine and trim (size preference).
- Scoop the rice mixture and place it over the prepared banana leaves.
- Start rolling to secure the rice mixture and fold the sides.
- Repeat until rice mixture is finished. Set up the steamer.
- Arrange the wrapped mixture into the steamer. Single layer or on top of each other.
- Steam over medium heat for about 45 minutes.
- Remove from steamer. Serve with sugar. Enjoy!
So you need to steam it twice.
Once while cooking the suman mixture which involves mixing the ingredients such as the glutinous rice, coconut milk, and sugar and the second is right after you’ve wrapped your mixture into individual banana leaf wrappers.
The process of covering the suman with the banana leaf will also take a long time since you’ll want to brush the banana leaf with a little cooking oil so as not to make the suman stick so much to the banana leaf.
Aside from being a snack, it can also be considered as a “pasalubong” for the children or as souvenirs, especially if you came from the province that is popular for their version of suman.
There are many varieties of Suman such as Lihiya, Ibus, and Malagkit among others. The basic Suman recipe, however, is either rice or cassava-based.
Suman can be bought from Markets, Supermarkets, and Specialty Stores, and even by the ambulant vendor making his or her rounds in the different neighborhoods.
How to serve suman malagkit
Suman, once served, can either be eaten on its own or will need a dip. The choice can range from simple white, washed or brown sugar, melted chocolate (for some), and caramelized brown sugar.
These dips can either be served on the side or in the case of caramelized brown sugar, poured on top of the suman itself.
Though suman is a snack recipe, suman can also be eaten during breakfast and partnered with either coffee or hot chocolate.
Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.