Monday, August 27, 2012

Guest Post at Nava-K.com Featuring Suman sa Lihiya

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I am glad to be doing another guest post today. This time it's for my Malaysian friend, Nava who has this very wonderful lifestyle blog called Nava-K.com where she shares her love for beauty, fashion and food. I am one of the lucky bloggers she asked to do guest posts for her while she attends to some important matters. I am truly honored for this opportunity, and I've chosen to feature a favorite Filipino kakanin (sweet rice delicacy) called Suman sa Lihiya. This is basically glutinous rice with lye wrapped in banana leaves and is something we, Filipinos enjoy either as snack or dessert.

Please drop by Nava's blog and see for yourself how to make this very simple yet so delicious kakanin! While you're there, be sure to check out Nava's recipes as well as her fashion, beauty and travel tips! Don't forget to subscribe to Nava's blog and follow her on Facebook  and Twitter too! 

Ingredients:
For the sauce:

  • 1 can (14oz.) coconut cream
  • 2 cups brown sugar if doing method 1 and 2 cups white sugar plus 2 Tbsp water if doing method 2
For the suman:
Yield 26 pcs.
  • 4 cups sweet rice
  • 4 tsp lye
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 can (14oz.) coconut cream

* You will need banana leaves and kitchen twine for wrapping.
Procedure:
For the sauce:
Method 1:
Put coconut cream and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is melted. Adjust heat to low and cook mixture for about 20 minutes or until it thickens.
Method 2: (For this, use white sugar)
Put sugar and 2 Tbsp water in a heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves. After sugar dissolves and syrup is simmering, cook for 3 minutes without stirring. Slowly add coconut cream while stirring. If syrup hardens, just keep on stirring until it melts again. Simmer for 10 minutes or until syrup and coconut cream are well incorporated.

For the suman:
1. Wash rice and then soak in water for at least 3 hours.
2. While rice is being soaked, prepare banana leaves. Clean them by wiping with wet paper towel then with a dry one. Pass the banana leaves one by one over flame to make it easy to fold. We have a ceramic glass cooktop, so I just put each piece of leaf on top of it until soft but not burnt. Cut into 2"x10" pieces. You will need about 78 pcs.
3. Drain water from rice. Add lye water into rice and stir thoroughly. You will notice that the rice will turn yellowish. Let sit for about 15-20 minutes.
4. Put rice and 1 cup sugar in a large saucepan. Pour coconut cream into it and stir thoroughly. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until rice is half done. Stir frequently to avoid sticking into the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat and allow to cool down.
5. Cut a 2"x"10" piece of banana leaf into two. Lay them on a flat surface. Scoop about 4 Tbsp of the half-cooked rice on the center. Lift the top and left sides of the crossed banana leaves and fold towards the center. Do the same with the lower and right ends. Your suman will be about 2.25"x2.25" inch in size. Lay a 2"x10" piece of banana leaf and carefully put the suman on one end of the leaf leaving about 2 inches. Lift the lower end of the leaf and fold towards the center, then gently roll the suman away from you. Lay another 2"x10" piece of banana leaf and carefully put the suman on one end of the leaf with the folded part in perpendicular position. Gently roll it away from you.
6. Wrap another suman. Pair these two with the folded sides together. Using a kitchen twine, tie the 2 suman together tightly.
7. Repeat procedures 5 & 6 until all the cooked rice are used up. Arrange suman in a big pot and cover with water. Cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from heat. Drain cooking water and allow to completely cool down.
8. Unwrap when ready to eat and serve with coconut caramel sauce.
Note:
*You may store your leftover suman in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, just peel the banana leaves off, and heat up in the microwave covered with a wet paper towel for 45sec to 1 min.
*Lye water is a strong alkali solution (caustic soda) and an essential ingredient for some rice cake cuisines in the Philippines such as suman sa lihiya and kutsinta. This liquid makes the rice cake yellowish in color and firm and elastic in texture. In Chinese cooking, lye is a common ingredient used for their noodles and dumplings. Lye is also used to cure and preserve olives, fish (especially in the nordic regions), and seafood like squid. It also gives hard pretzels their characteristic brown color and texture and is also used in bagel making. However, it can also be harmful when swallowed drectly. It can also burn or irritate your skin. So be sure to take precaution when using it, and use the exact measurement. When properly cooked and mixed into the batter, the lye is reduced to a harmless state, and it serves its function of giving the rice cake a good texture and added color.

21 comments:

  1. Great guest post! I heart sweet rice!!! Heading over now!

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  2. Hopping over to Nava's blog to check out the sweet rice treat.

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  3. I think soon I will also ask you to write guest post, you are so good at that :D

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  4. I will check your guest post at Nava's blog. Looks like delicious.

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  5. This looks delicious! Will check out Nava's blog :D

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  6. Guest posting at Nava? Lovely! I'll head over in a sec :)

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  7. Looks amazing! Another great guest post!!

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  8. I try to leave comment @ nava's blog,but I have problem with these word verification ; (
    I love this kind traditional foods,sound delicious,what a great post,thanks for sharing Yummy recipe Tina !!

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  9. It looks amazing! You have done a wonderful guest post my friend

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  10. Delicious recipe Tina...just came back from Nava's.

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  11. I saw this guestpost my friend, it rocked :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Wonderful post Tina! Thanks for introducing me to Nava.

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  13. Hi Tina! I just happened to meet Nava recently and had the chance to see your guest post at her site. You did an outstanding job as always! I always shave one question for you - when do you have time for cooking all these delicious food?! ;)

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  14. Hi Tina, I just got back from Nava's blog and yes, this suman is just a dish that is making me miss home. :)

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  15. Hi Tina,
    I love your recipe postings. I just cooked this suman sa lihiya and it turned out pretty well. I will be trying the others, too!
    I am glad to come across your site!

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    1. I'm glad you found PiTCC! Hope you'll like it here! :)

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  16. Hi Tina,
    Do you happen to have the recipe for the other kind of Batangas Suman. The long and sweet suman. I hope you do, please share if you have. Thanks again!

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    1. It's basically the same as this one except that you have to omit the lye water. I promise to post the recipe as soon as I find some banana leaves. :)

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