This is the last of my Cagayan series. I’ve blogged about this suman paradise in Sanchez Mira before. On our way home, I bought eighty pesos worth of suman sa lihiya at latik at Rowena’s Bakeshop, practically a hole in the wall for travelers or tourists. It isn’t exactly a bakeshop with neat shelves of kakanin that one would normally expect. It is a garage turned preparation/selling area, where the pugon is located on one corner, with piled coconut husks near it.
My favorite kakanin next to sapin-sapin, patupat and dudol. Lihiya is lye. Prior to wrapping, the glutinous rice is soaked in lye water for 1-2 hours until it turns yellow. The latik, or coco jam, is made from coconut milk and palinang.