suman bulagta!


my lola used to make these from scratch during holidays (of course with purple yam jam or “ale ube”). i would watch her fold each suman and then pair it with another one, then tie them together with string or straw. of course i liked the latik best with a sprinkle of sugar, otherwise the malagkit rice would just taste bland. best paired with a cup of hot choco (of the “batirul” type). yum. good thing these are already available year-round. we got a bunch this morning from my mom’s friend. great for sunday breakfast or merienda.

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  1. Kats says:

    have you noticed how most of our posts are about food? LOL! … am not a big fan of suman bulagta. even with the latik and sugar. i don't know why. but my grandmother used to make those from scratch as well. don't you have to use api (lye) or something? i used to see them a lot in december.

    i do miss something similar to suman. it's sticky rice, but you cook it in coconut milk and sugar. i can see it in my mind, but can't remember the name, damnit! my lola cooked it in a kawa (huge wok?) and stirred it with a “paddle” like kalame. When it was almost ready, she let me have some in a banana leaf. i used to burn the roof of my mouth every time because it was still soooo hot.

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  2. Betis Boy says:

    ha.ha. i thought we agreed this was going to be a food blog. he.he.

    are you talking about biko or kalame? 🙂

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  3. Anonymous says:

    My aunt is dying to have the recipe of the Suman bulagta. Can u PLEASE send one?

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  4. Betis Boy says:

    hi anonymous, my lola who used to make these from scratch passed on a few years ago. but i'm sure my aunts know how to make these. i'll get the recipe and post it here soon. thanks.

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  5. Betis Boy says:

    dear anonymous, we have not forgotten your recipe request. it's just taking a bit of time because while we have consulted both our mothers and came out with the common ingredients: sticky rice, lye, banana leaves and for the sauce, coconut cream, they can't quite remember the exact proportions. apparently oral traditions died down in their generation 😛 😦 hope to get back to you on this soon.

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