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  1. Never before heard about suman sa lihiya, but it seems pretty similar to Mexican tamales. Bet they are delicious!

    1. Hi Azu,
      Yes, they are delicious, there are some similarities with Mexican tamales but instead of the corn dough mixture, we use glutinous rice. Suman sa lihiya is eaten as a sweet snack but we have our version of Filipino tamales which is savory. Thank you for the comment and happy cooking!

  2. I searched all the recipe of suman sa lihiya and you’re the only one who rinse the mixture after soaking I just like to know what is the purpose of rinsing the rice mixture just asking

    1. Hi Mirasol,
      Rinsing the rice helps remove the slight odor from the lye since it was soaked overnight in the mixture.

  3. Ive been looking for suman Sa Lihiya since 1974. Do you take orders to go? Anyway, I cxan tr hard to follow this recipe but I prefer to Oder suman to go.. already cooked.

  4. I could not find lye water near my location, is there a substitute for that and what how much do I need for a 3 cups glutinous rice.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Victoria,
      You can try ¼ teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water then boiling the mixture for 5 minutes.
      But this substitute is used for making pichi-pichi or kutsinta and I haven’t personally tried it with suman sa lihiya.
      Hope this help and let us know hot it went.

  5. I rinsed but did not soak the sweet rice, added the lye water, wrpped and cooked the suman for 2 hours. I checked one pair and it looked under cooked. Would returning the batch to the pot and boil it another hour make them tender?

    1. Hi Teresa,
      Yes you can boil it again for 30 minutes to an hour until they are cooked. What I can suggest, when boiling the suman, you need to inter-change the position of the suman every 30 minutes.
      especially if using a small pot and if the rice was not soaked. Goodluck!

  6. 5 stars
    I just made one batch right now . It’s not cooked yet but all your instructions were followed. Thank you for your pointers in making it make sense. It tried to cut corners and no bueno.
    I am looking forward of my family enjoying it tonight for Noche Buena. And my other idea is using condensed milk Ube flavor as another choice of dipping sauce. I cant wait tonights meal. Thank you!
    Merry Christmas !!

    1. Hi Cathy,
      Happy Holidays! Hope you and your family enjoy it! Those dipping sauce ideas are awesome. Thank you for the great rating. Cheers!

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