Sanchez Mira’s suman sa lihiya at latik

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.

Rowena’s Bakeshop Barangay Nagrangtayan, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan
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Suman Paradise

Freshly-Made Suman

The Pugon. They use dried coconut husks as fuel.

On my way home from Cagayan Valley, I discovered a wonderful suman (rice cake) place, named Rowena’s Bakeshop, in Barangay Nagrangtayan, Sanchez Mira in the province of Cagayan. They also make fine linapet and suman sa lihiya — a yummy fill if you’re on the road, and such great pasalubong for the native delicacy lovers. The prices are not heavy on the traveler’s pocket. I give them 5 stars!