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Suman sa Ibos Recipe or wrapped rice cake is a delicious native Filipino food, often eaten with ripe mangoes or simply dipped in sugar. It is made of steamed sweet sticky rice and commonly wrapped with coconut leaves. You will see a lot of these rice cakes, during Halloween or Pista ng Patay (All Saint’s Day).

Wrapping Suman sa ibos is an art and it is not hard to cook but the preparation is a little slow process and the cooking takes much time, here’s how to cook this tasty Suman sa Ibos Recipe.

suman sa ibos recipe

Suman sa Ibos Ingredients:

  • 3 cups malagkit rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup water

Suman sa Ibos Cooking Instructions:

  • Wash and soak the malagkit (glutinous rice) in water for an hour or until the grains are swollen then drain.

  • Add salt and coconut milk, then mix well.

  • Prepare Ibos wrapper (refer below) then fill with rice mixture.  Seal tubes and tie with strips of the ibos.

  • Arrange the suman in a big saucepan and cover with water. Cover the pot and  boil for 2 hours or until cooked.

  • Serve with sugar or ripe mango.

How to wrap a Suman Ibos

  • Fold the end of the buri leaf by 1 1/2 inches.
  • Fold the bottom edge into a triangle.
  • Start rolling up the buri leaf in an overlapping manner.
  • Roll up the buri to make a tube.
  • Attach a small piece of wooden pick to secure the tube.
  • Fill the tube with malagkit.
  • Seal the ibos tube.
  • Tie with strips of buri.

suman sa ibos

Suman sa Ibos is always present during the All Saints day celebrations.

 suman ibos recipe



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  1. leroy

    January 21st, 2008 at 3:05 am


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  2. suman soh

    August 30th, 2009 at 2:53 am


    he dis iz so hot i like it nd recipies r so yummy

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