Oriental Mindoro: Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam from Calapan City

Oriental Mindoro Original: Merl's Suman sa Lihiya also known as Mindoro Tamales

What to eat in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro

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Making buzz from Calapan City, Mindoro - a native delicacy traditionally home-made by the locals of Calapan. A brand name Merl's came up with an idea to go mainstream, with  research support and assistance from DOST-MIMAROPA [Science and Technology Innovations for MSME's] the native delicacies is now making a niche as a pasalubong industry of Calapan, Mindoro.

Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam
Merl's Suman sa Lihiya

Suman sa Lihiya is square-shaped and individually hand-packed wrapped in palm leaves. Each piece weighs 50 grams, 1 bundle has 2 pieces with inclusion of pre-packed coco jam in a bite size plastic. 

I recommend it as a Christmas gift suggestion, for those planning to buy in bulk, purchase directly at Merl's store. A box of 24  pieces can be bought at PhP200, for vacuum packed of 12 pieces for PhP100. 

Some stalls in Calapan Mindoro sell the piece at a jack-up price of PhP15 each. 
Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco JamMerl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam

The suman sa lihiya with coco jam is made up of glutinous rice, lye, salt and corn oil. When topped with coco jam, the rice cake is mouth-watering and addicting. An option to buy a separate coco jam in a bottle will make you suman sa lihiya more interesting. I have a habit of topping a rice cake like this with a Chiz Whiz, and it works so well with my taste buds, try it for those who needs a low down on sugars. 

Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam
Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam 
1 vacuum-pack [12 pieces] PhP100

The shelf life of Merl's Suman sa Lihiya lasts for a month I believe, the ones we have were brought home December 9, 2011 and will last until January 2012. The packaging says "Keep Refrigerated" but I doubt once you put it in the refrigerator, the texture and moisture will change. Although each pack has a small paper noting the heating procedures through a steamer or microwave oven. 

Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam
Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam
a box with 2 vacuum-pack [24 pieces] PhP200

Manufactured by:
Merl's Native Delicacies
Lalud, Calapan City
Oriental Mindoro
[t] (043) 286-7684
[m] (0916) 356-6381 and (0922) 847-3458

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  1. i think they sell this in the kakanin stalls in Manila :)

  2. Hi Pink, I think they joined food bazaars in the metro lately, though I haven't seen it yet in stalls or I really doesn't have the time to check on it. :)

    Would you know where? Transporting the goods is much of a burden on some point because the stuff is loaded. :)

  3. I saw these at SM Makati! :) Friday to Sunday; yung sa gitna ng loob ng mall; near Brownies

  4. hello my beautiful world
    hello everyone on this place!
    i am Kate

  5. It looks very special, bili ko konte kpg nakakita ko dito sa Manila gusto ko rin matikman to.

  6. @ Henry: Please give Foodamn a buzz on when you're done eating :)

  7. Hello! Checking all my blogroll friends. Merry Merry Christmas po, dumaan lang ako.

  8. Hi a blessed year for everyone. Natikman po namin ang products niyo, it's a yummy tummy sa mga mahilig sa native delicacies na tulad ko. Try it & you will loved it.
    This is Mari from QC Manila from the province of Ilocos and Pangasinan. God bless us all!


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