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Suman na Mongo

Feb 10

I first learned how to cook suman from Prof. Matilde Guzman Food Preparation class. I love the combination of mongo and coconut-flavored sweet sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves.

Here is the recipe.


1 cup malagkit (glutinous rice)
1 cup mongo
1-1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups coco milk
coco cream from 1 grated coconut


1. Soak, grind, and drain malagkit in a muslin bag (sako sa harina) to get a mealy dough like that used for palitao.

2. Cook mongo in water until soft (and mushy). Drain the water. Use a colander. Set aside.

3. Prepare latik and oil from coco cream.

4. Boil coco milk and sugar until thick. Add cooked mongo and cook like Bukayo.

5. Combine this mixture with mealy malagkit thoroughly and wrap measured amounts in banana leaves (wilted by passing over an open flame).

6. Steam 30 minutes.


Sometimes, I didn’t have a steamer (or a double boiler or pasta pot with an elevated steamer top). So, I would get a metal rack (no plastic feet) and put it on top of a wok, line up the suman, fill the wok with water that didn’t touch the metal rack, and covered the wok. It worked!

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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  1. Editha /

    Hi what kind of mongo do you use, the red or the green kind. Thanks. Sounds delicious.

  2. miasam /

    I love the kind of suman from batangas. Would you know the recipe for that, too? I think it’s also coconut milk and sugar and sticky rice, not so sure though. Hope you have a recipe! =)


  3. Same here, wanted to know which mongo to use?

    greets from Pinoy Power

  4. Thanks! Since I’ve been away I’ve had massive cravings for really traditional Pinoy foods. I’ll try this for the family Easter brunch this Sunday!
    .-= Lannie´s last blog ..Lunch: Hubby’s Chorizo Omelette =-.

  5. Ive tasted suman ube it taste good too

  6. Hello,

    I really wanted to know of how to cook a bodbod cebu style. Please give me the recipe and the cooking procedures.


  7. i want this 😀

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