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!

Suman Malagkit wrapped in banana leaves on a serving platter with a bowl of caramel coconut sauce on the side

I saw this suman malagkit recipe on The Skinny Pot, and I knew I had to try it pronto. Her photos looked delectable; I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into my very own batch of this classic Filipino treat.

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!

making salted coconut caramel sauce in a skillet

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.

Plus, it’s super easy to make with only three ingredients! You can make it ahead of time or double the recipe and keep in the refrigerator for anytime cravings.

suman malagkit on a serving platter

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.

The sticky rice cake 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.

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 the package directions.
  • Brown sugar– gives the sauce a richer caramel flavor and amber color.
making suman in a pot

Cooking Tips

  • Soak the glutinous rice in water for an hour to cook evenly and more quicker.
  • Briefly pass the banana leaves over a low fire to soften and become more pliable. If using frozen banana leaves, do not run them over flames. Gently wash them in warm water until softened.
  • You can add knotted pandan leaf when cooking the rice for fragrance and flavor.
  • Use a pot that the suman will fit in snugly, and weigh the suman down with a plate to keep it from floating while they boil.

How to cook in the steamer

  1. Arrange the banana-wrapped rice mixture 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.
  3. Remove from the steamer and carefully unwrap to enjoy.
suman malagkit drizzled with coconut caramel sauce on a serving plate

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.

Storing leftovers

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, steam for about 3 to 5 minutes or warm in the microwave.

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