Double-steaming like a master to the perfect Suman Malagkit

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  June 27, 2021

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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.

Suman Malagkit recipe how to make it yourself at home recipe

Suman Malagkit Recipe Tips

Suman Malagkit recipe how to make it yourself at home

Suman Malagkit Recipe

Joost Nusselder
Suman Malagkit is a popular Filipino snack which is commonly served in the mid-afternoon. 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.
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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 10 pcs
Calories 269 kcal


  • 2 cups white glutinous rice
  • 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.
    Suman Malagkit Recipe adding water to the rice and rinsing
  • In a wok or heavy pot, combine rice, coconut milk, sugar, and salt.
    Suman Malagkit Recipe adding the sugar to the rice
  • Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes in medium heat while stirring constantly then reduce to lower heat.
    Suman Malagkit Recipe stirring the cooking rice
  • Mixture is done when rice becomes very sticky and almost dry.
  • Let the temperature cool down before wrapping.
    Suman Mixture with very sticky rice
  • 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.
    Suman Malagkit Recipe placing the rice in the banana leaf
  • Start rolling to secure the rice mixture and fold the sides.
    Suman Malagkit Recipe rolling the rice in the banana leaf
  • 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.
    Suman Malagkit Recipe steaming the banana leaf rice packages
  • Steam over medium heat for about 45 minutes.
  • Remove from steamer. Serve with sugar. Enjoy!



Calories: 269kcal
Keyword Suman malagkit
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So you need to steam it twice.

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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.

Also read: here’s how to make delicious Kewk-Kwek snacks with tokneneng suka vinegar sauce

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Suman malagkit Ingredients

Suman combine rice and coconut milk with sugar

Suman sticky glutenous rice on a banana leaf

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.

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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.