Minuron: A Treat from Leyte

Sumang Minuron

 

My dearly departed Lola Mama, my mother’s mother, hailed from Tacloban, Leyte. One of my favorite childhood memories of her involved her semi-annual trips to her home province and how she would come home with a treat called sumang minuron or just plain moron. (No, it’s not as stupid as it sounds. :D)

 

Minuron is different from other kinds of suman which are made with steamed rice. This one involves galapong (rice flour) soaked and allowed to drip over a number of days. The end result of this process is mixed with native chocolate and boiled peanuts and steamed in banana leaves. These are wonderful on their own, but I like gilding the lily by dipping these in thick Spanish-style hot chocolate.

 

Since my Lola died, minuron has been a rare treat. Still, all those Kookai kiosks selling Visayan treats at most MRT stations can be counted on for a taste of my childhood. (And they’re relatively inexpensive, too. I mean, P 10.00 apiece?! Nice!)

Juk Only!

Instant...juk?!?

 

Recently seen on the shelves of Shopwise: instant juk – Korean rice porridge.  This one is the chicken and veggies version and there’s a variant with a red cap that’s made with kimchi.

 

I am not sure if this is going to go over big with people, but the success of such instant treats as champorado (rice porridge with chocolate) and arroz caldo (rice porridge with chicken) may prove me wrong.