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We were just in time for the blessing of the palms at the church grounds.  It’s a good thing we were early since the church was full.

Palm Sunday  always has that festive atmosphere, it is a celebration  of Jesus’ triumphal entry  into Jerusalem.  The gospel is quite long but the priest delivered an inspiring and meaningful homily.

Right after the mass, we went to buy sweet potatoes on the roadside, they were selling it at P30 a kilo. Then I saw an old lady selling suman sa latik.  I’ve craved for something sweet the past few days but I was too lazy to go out because of the heat and it’s been a while since we bought kakanin.  Josef laughed when I said, “hmm…this is so yummy”.

Suman sa latik

Suman sa latik

All that mouth-watering goodness. It’s made of sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. The toppings are just coconut creme with a little sugar and freshly grated coconut for that nutty flavor.

May you have a meaningful Palm Sunday celebration.

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I haven’t tasted this for quite sometime but I chanced upon a vendor selling it at 3 pieces for P50.00.  They call it suman sa latik –  made from glutinous  rice (malagkit), wrapped in banana leaves then boiled to cook. It’s the latik (coconut cream mixed with brown sugar) that makes it so delicious and tasty. It’s perfect for that hot cup of tea or coffee.  In our province in Pangasinan, we prepare suman  by wrapping them in young coconut leaves after cooking it in  coconut cream then boil it again to get that nice flavor.  I say, ours is better when it comes to taste, not that I am biased of course because suman sa latik is actually bland without the latik. And would you believe that there are as many ways to cook suman as there are so many provinces in the Philippines? Take your pick from what region they come from and they’ll surely vary in taste the more you explore the countryside.

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