Table Recipes: Suman at Mangga

By Anonymous Paul on 16 December, 2010

Having visited the newly relocated
Sidcor Market at the Eton Centris, I was able to score some huge Guimaras mangoes. A stall there solely sells this variety; pretty hard to miss the huge yellow pile in the fruit section. Going around and buying this and that we then stumbled upon a lady selling different kinds of suman and gravitated towards the Antipolo style rice treat. It usually comes in its signature packaging of palm leaf strips and has a very mildly sweet, almost bland, taste; the soft white rice inside has always been classically paired with ripe yellow carabao mangoes. It’s been a while since I had these together and so I did a super basic twist to the suman at mangga duo by frying the suman in salted butter. It doesn’t really absorb a lot of oil so a tablespoon or two is lots for like four pieces. I wait for it to brown and crisp up on the outsides and then add a few tablespoons of brown sugar. When the sugar has melted I then toss the suman around to coat it. Then I take them out of the fry pan and let it rest for at least five minutes. You wouldn’t want to dig in right away as the sugar coating will literally burn your tongue. When the caramel coating has set, I slice the mangoes and….inhale everything in seconds. The mangoes were sweet and had a smooth jelly-like consistency. (In hindsight I could’ve waited a few days for the mangoes to fully ripen as it had a slight hint of tartness. The acidity worked well with everything though.) The suman’s buttery candy coating crackled and gave way to the soft, warm insides. A lot of things happening at the same time. Mangoes, suman, butter and sugar. A four ingredient marvel I know a lot wouldn’t mind trying at home.




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  • DECEMBER 17, 2010 6:44 AM

    sanju said...


    The mangoes look really delicious. I should pass by sidcor one of these days.

  • DECEMBER 18, 2010 5:50 AM

    anonymous paul said...

    The best in the world, i think

  • DECEMBER 18, 2010 12:49 PM

    Manila Girl said...

    My lola used to make fried suman for us often during my childhood. Will always have a soft spot for it. :-)

    Your post had me craving for some mango and suman myself.

  • JUNE 23, 2011 1:21 PM

    u8mypinkcookies said...

    wow, sarap naman!

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