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Suman sa Ibus- Sticky Rice in Coconut Leaves

Preparing Suman sa Ibus is so easy. It’s the wrapping of the rice mixture which takes so much time. Yet it is all worth it. How I love the mild flavor of the suman. The delightful combination with ripe yellow mangoes and hot tsokolate is heavenly.


4 cups sticky rice or malagkit
3 cups thick coconut cream (here’s how to prepare Thick Coconut Cream)
1 Tablespoon salt

Tube-like containers made of young coconut leaves shaped into cylinders about 3 centimeters in diameter and 10 centimeters long. I can’t explain how to prepare the ibus for the suman but here is how to prepare .

1. Fold the end of the buri leaf by 1 ½ inches.
2. Fold the bottom edge into a triangle.
3. Start rolling up the buri leaf in an
overlapping manner.
4. Roll up the buri to make a tube.

How to prepare the Suman

1. Mix the malagkit or sticky rice, thick coconut cream and salt all together.

2. Fill the prepared ibus with the mixture from number 1.

3. Close the end of tube with a toothpick which you can take from the midrib of the coconut leaf.

4. Tie with buri strips.

5. Arrange in a large saucepan and cover with water.

6. Boil until cooked for about two to two and a half hours.

7. Untie and Unwrap.

suman sa ibus

Best served with coco jam , hot tsokolate and ripe mangoes.

Suman Luya (Suman Flavored with Ginger)

These days, traditional suman has moved on to many flavors. I still stick to my childhood memories of Suman Luya dating back to Christmas Eve. My mom would cook the sticky rice in a big kawali in the dirty kitchen. Suman Luya is extremely smooth tasting with the right amount of sweetness. It’s perfect for hot chocolate drink during the noche buena or for New Year’s Eve. The taste in itself reminds me of Christmas in Cebu.

Here is the recipe of Suman Luya (Suman Flavored with Ginger) or you can buy Suman Luya from this entry Where to Buy Suman in Manila


1 ganta malagkit (equivalent to 2.25 kgs glutinous rice)
8 coconuts
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups white sugar
4 Banana Leaves
4 Tablespoons Ginger, chopped


1. Wash malagkit.

2. Squeeze the grated coconut to get the milk, add salt.

3. Boil all together (malagkit, ginger, coconut cream, sugar) till almost cooked in the carajay.

4. Remove from fire.

5. Wrap 1 1/2 tablespoon of cooked Malagkit in banana leaves tying the two ends. . Keep each suman 1.25 cm thick, 4 cm wide and 12.5 cm long.

6. Arrange on steamer rack in a staggered pile. Steam for 30 minutes. Keep the steamer well-supplied with water to prevent drying out.

7. Serve with Hot Tsokolate