05 August 2009
Suman sa Lihiya Cart
Suman sa lihiya come in twins, tied together before cooking.
I normally only have the chance to purchase suman sa lihiya from non-roving vendors, so though I was stuffed to my esophagus, I decided to stop these kids along their way home and get a couple of servings. For 14 pesos each pair, I must say, this suman-on-the-go was superb. The sauce was freshly made, not too sweet. The street was friendly and alive.
Protective plastic over the cart, which tells us who is lord.
Kids pick a banana-leaf-wrapped pair out for me.
Preparing the ridged serving paper thing.
Cutting the string. Sometimes they use banana leaf strips for tying.
Laying them out.
Cutting into bite-sized pieces.
Pouring the sauce, coconut milk cooked with raw sugar.
A barbecue stick for easy eating.
Palm leaves make for labor-intensive but free, beautiful, and 100% biodegradable packaging. The woman said it was pakaskas , a snack made in...
A Paracale carinderia. Camarines Norte is the first province of Bicol you hit when you're a Tagalog coming at it full-speed. Rice, ...
Bangera's facade. Finding a place to stay in Puerto Galera is not easy for a first-timer (technically, a second-timer, on her first t...
1875 illustration of a carinderia in El Oriente newspaper. I love carinderias . Whilst on long-haul buses I have a Pavlovian hunger-relat...
High-elevation halo-halo. To keep you cool in the cold. More photos and a video below. It's halo-halo season now. I dunno about you...