- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups glutinous rice
- ¼ cup black sesame seeds, ground into a paste
- 2 tbsp. black sesame seeds, whole
- Banana leaves
One of the desserts most associated with the holiday (and the way we celebrate it here in the Philippines) is suman, which makes perfect sense when it goes so well with a hot cup of tsokolate. With its subtle in flavor and delightfully sticky texture, as well as the convenient (and zero-waste) way that it is wrapped, suman makes for an easy treat to keep knocking down one by one.
Suman is likely easier to make than most people think, with the bulk of the time going to heating the banana leaves, and waiting for the suman to steam. We added some black sesame to this basic suman recipe to introduce a bite of flavor that doesn’t overwhelm or overtake the classic taste of this classic sweet.