Monday, December 19, 2011

Oriental Mindoro: Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam from Calapan City

Oriental Mindoro Original: Merl's Suman sa Lihiya also known as Mindoro Tamales

Making buzz from Calapan City, Mindoro - a native delicacy traditionally home-made by the locals of Calapan. A brand name Merl's came up with an idea to go mainstream, with a little hint of research and assistance from DOST-MIMAROPA [Science and Technology Innovations for MSME's] the native delicacies is now making a niche as a pasalubong industry of Calapan, Mindoro.

Suman sa Lihiya is typically square-shaped and individually hand-packed and intricately wrapped in palm leaves. Each piece weighs 50 grams, 1 bundle has 2 pieces with inclusion of pre-packed coco jam in a bite size plastic. 

I recommend it as a Christmas gift suggestion, for those planning to buy in bulk, purchase directly at Merl's store. A box of 24  pieces can be bought at PhP200, for vacuum packed of 12 pieces for PhP100. 

Some stalls in Calapan Mindoro sells by the piece at a jack-up price of PhP15 each. 
The suman sa lihiya with coco jam is made up of glutinous rice, lye, salt and corn oil. When topped with coco jam, the rice cake is mouth-watering and addicting. An option to buy a separate coco jam in a bottle will make you suman sa lihiya more interesting. I have a habit of topping a rice cake like this with a Chiz Whiz, and it works so well with my taste buds, try it for those who needs a low down on sugars. 
Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam 
1 vacuum-pack [12 pieces] PhP100
The shelf life of Merl's Suman sa Lihiya last for a month I believe, the ones we have was brought home December 9, 2011 and will last until January 2012. The packaging say "Keep Refrigerated" but I doubt once you put it refrigeration, the texture and moisture will change. Although each pack has a small paper noting the heating procedures through a steamer or microwave oven. 
Merl's Suman sa Lihiya with Coco Jam
a box with 2 vacuum-pack [24 pieces] PhP200
Manufactured by:
Merl's Native Delicacies
Lalud, Calapan City
Oriental Mindoro
[t] (043) 286-7684
[m] (0916) 356-6381 and (0922) 847-3458

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