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How to Cook Suman that Actually Tastes Like Suman Plus Video

How to Cook Suman that Actually Tastes Like Suman Plus Video

By shobee@theskinnypot.com
Delicious sticky rice snack from the Philippines which is often serve on Holidays. It is sticky, chewy and wrap in banana leaves.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 21 Suman


  • 3 cups Glutinous Rice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can 13.5 Fl oz Coconut Milk


  • 2 cans 13 F oz coconut milk
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a medium size bowl, soak Glutinous rice for an hour. Set aside.
  • In a different bowl, mix 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt with coconut milk.
  • When rice is ready, put it in a large flat pan, and add in the coconut mixture.
  • Add remaining salt and sugar and mix completely
  • Turn on the heat to medium and let the rice boil. Cook rice until coconut milk is evaporated and rice is half cook.
  • Let Suman cool and wrap with banana leaves.
  • When Suman are wrapped, put them into a deep saucepan,one that encase the suman tightly so that it will not float around, and add water to cover. Cook Suman for an hour.


  • cook sugar and coconut milk until the sugar is dissolve then add the salt.Continue cooking on high heat. Mix and stir continually until a caramel is form . The color of the mixture will turn light brown and sticky. Watch video on how the caramel looks like.
  • Drizzle Latik on the Suman
  • If you have leftover, just put in a sealed container and freeze.



  • Boil instead of steaming- so many of my readers insist that Suman should be steamed. I tried steaming it several times, but I just don't like the result.
  • I like boiling the Suman, since the taste of the banana leaves seep through the rice.
  • Place the suman in a deep pot with the sealed part face down. Add water to cover and put put plate to weigh down.