Suman

Plants

People

Made with

Banana, Coconut, Rice

Made by Brenda (lead), Liza, Jonavie, Cai Ni, Man Wei

Time

Activities

2021

Eating

Place

Rumah Kim Choo, Singapore

Brenda: Bot-ong is what we call patupat in my local dialect [ilokano]… and suman in Liza dialect [hiligaynon/ ilonggo] is ibus.


Liza: Actually it’s the same, just different wrapper!


Brenda is from Luzon, Philippines. Liza is from Oton, Iliolio, Philippines.

Suman/ ibus is a sweet made from glutinous rice flour and coconut milk. Like bot-ong/ patupat, it is a type of sweet broadly referred to as kakanin in the Philippines, like kueh in Singapore. There are various ways of making and wrapping these sticky rice snacks. Whilst string and tape are commonly used to secure the wrappers, Brenda used ties made from banana leaves themselves. Each home has it own unique recipes and names. Brenda’s suman recipe mixes peanuts in. Suman is commonly enjoyed with coffee for breakfast.


The suman in our Home was created during our ‘SayurXmas: Banana Xchange’ event (12/12/2021). In this engagement, we harvested fresh banana leaves from a garden and used them to wrap and serve various foods from our homes. In addition to suman, Brenda also shared her biko recipe (not wrapped in banana leaves but made with the same rice, coconut milk and sugar ingredients). In the same kitchen, we also prepared and shared a Boodle Fight together. Simultaneously, in another home, Tarmiati led another group in making iwel iwel together.

Suman in the garden. Singapore, 12/12/2021.
Suman in the garden. Singapore, 12/12/2021.

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Suman in the garden. Singapore, 12/12/2021.
Suman in the garden. Singapore, 12/12/2021.

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Leftover suman mixture wrapped in parchment paper. Singapore, 13/12/2021. Photo by Brenda.
Leftover suman mixture wrapped in parchment paper. Singapore, 13/12/2021. Photo by Brenda.

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Suman in the garden. Singapore, 12/12/2021.
Suman in the garden. Singapore, 12/12/2021.

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