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Make suman from scratch

| On 16, Dec 2012

Baby Boomers, they are people who are born during the post-World War III at about 1946 to 1964. Meaning, they are the today’s seniors of our nation.

Experts will agree with me if I said they are the one dictating the market and nation’s phase. Way back, the real-estate suddenly boomed due to the fact that the baby boomers wanted to establish a family. And now, due to health concerns of the baby boomers, the health and wellness is at it’s peak.

The younger generations should also learn from them. If you’ll notice, huge companies still have baby boomers as their chief, the government has witty leaders who belong to the group and companies still ask the advice of baby boomers despite they are already retired.

This also goes with the culinary. We, the younger ones will learn lots of techniques, processes and flavor combination from our baby boomers. My mom and dad, aunts, uncles and my niece’s nanny are one of those baby boomers that can make a satisfying cuisine out of vintage ways. And, I learn from them.

I’m really convinced when my niece’s nanny, my mom and aunt made suman out of scratch. They started from whole cassava, grating it, mixing with more ingredients and many more.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 kilo cassava – peeled and grated
  • 1/4 kilo white sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Tools needed:

  • Casserole
  • Banana leaves
  • Grill
  • Basin

Make the mixture:

1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.

2. Set aside.

Prepare the banana leaves:

1. The grill should already have burning coals.
2. Cut the the banana leaves into 50×85 inches
3. Put the leaves in the grill for 10 seconds. The process is called “darang”

Banana leaves darang

Prepare the suman:

1. Reshape the banana leaf into a funnel-like (refer to the picture).

re-shape the banana leaves.jpg

2. Add the cassava mixture with much space for closing the top part of the leaf.
3. Close the top just like closing a gift wrapper.

suman wrapped.jpg

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 until finished.

Cook the suman:

1. Put the casserole with 3 cups of water on the grill.
2. Just put the suman inside the casserole and let it boil for about 30 minutes.

Suman cooking

3. Remove from the grill.
4. Serve and enjoy.

Finished suman.jpg

Learn more the author of this post:

I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I've been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.



  1. Lynette

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I prefer this kind of suman than the one made from rice. By the way, do you have the recipe for the puto calasiao? We are able to eat that when some relatives from Pangasinan visits us here in QC. But I’ve seen and tried the ones sold here in Metro which is worth Php35. Hope you can share the recipe too.

    • Ringo

      Hi Lynette,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have. The meticulous process of Puto Calasiao is quite complicated, and you needed some material in doing so.|

      However, hopefully, I can visit my relative’s place who use to make and sell the treats as their business. Again, hopefully, they will let me peek on how to make the treats.

      Love lots,

      Ringo 🙂

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