Suman Malagkit with Coconut Caramel Sauce

Suman Malagkit with Coconut Caramel Sauce steamed in banana leaves is the perfect snack or dessert. This Filipino sticky rice is soft, chewy, and made extra delicious with a rich and creamy sauce. It’s seriously addictive!

But although I had all the ingredients in my pantry plus frozen banana leaves in my freezer, I was somewhat disappointed that mangoes are not in season because really, what better compliments fragrant suman than sweet, juicy slices of this fruit? Salted coconut caramel sauce, that’s what!

 

You guys, that rich, creamy golden sauce? Amah-zing! One dunk of my suman in that glorious liquid gold and mangoes were all forgotten.

The sticky rice cake is delicious, but the caramel is the star of the show in my opinion. It’s seriously so good, you’d want it on EVERYTHING.

What is suman malagkit

Suman Malagkit is a Filipino delicacy made from glutinous rice cooked in sweetened coconut milk and a pinch of salt until half-done. The mixture is wrapped in banana leaves and then boiled or steamed until soft and chewy.

Ingredient notes

  • Glutinous rice– locally called “malagkit” in the Philippines. It is also known as sweet rice or sticky rice.  It has a white grain that turns shiny, translucent, and sticky when cooked.
  • Granulated sugar– used to sweeten the sticky rice.
  • Salt– balances the sweetness
  • Coconut milk – while freshly-pressed coconut milk delivers the best flavor, canned coconut milk provides a convenient alternative. You can also try the powder form and reconstitute it according to package directions.
  • Brown sugar– gives the sauce a richer caramel flavor and amber color.

How to cook in the steamer

  1. Arrange the banana-wrapped rice mixture with folded side down on the steamer basket. You can skip tying the ends of the suman if you are steaming them.
  2. Steam at medium heat for about 40 to 60 minutes or until the sticky rice is soft, chewy, and fully cooked.

 

Serving suggestions

Suman malagkit is usually served with brown sugar, latik, caramel sauce, or a side of juicy mangoes. It’s a filling snack or dessert and delicious with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea.

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