Filipino Native Food
Recipe: Suman sa Lihiya
Filipino Native DelicaciesWhat is a lihiya (lye)?
An alkaline substance used in cooking to improve the texture and flavor.
Suman sa Lihiya (Merl's)
2.5 cups malagkit rice
2 teaspoons lihiya
wilted banana leaves
3 cups coconut milk
half cup galapong
half cup coconut milk
1.5 cups brown sugar or panocha
Rinse malagkit rice at least three times. Soak in water for 20 minutes, drain.
Add lihiya, stir to blend.
Wrap in desired shapes (square or rectangle) using banana leaves. Tie in pairs.
Arrange some banana leaves at the bottom of a big pot. Piled the wrapped suman over it and cover with another batch of banana leaves o top.
Pour enough water to cover the suman and boil.
Cook for 45 minutes until cook.
In a saucepan, pour 3 cups of coconut milk and boil for 10 minutes with continuos stirring.
Dissolve galapong in remaining milk and add to the boiling coconut milk.
Add sugar or panocha, cook until thick.
Top each suman sa lihiya with sauce, alternatively some bought a ready-made coconut jam instead of making do-it-yourself sauce.