KAMAYAN SA PALAISDAAN IN LUCBAN, QUEZON

          Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas, Quezon is very popular in Quezon, Province. This is along the high-way of Lucban, Quezon.  It can be described as a floating restaurant, because it surrounded by water, and the walkway is made up of bamboo tree. The surroundings are very native Filipino with many Nipa Hut replicas all over the place where a group of people can choose to eat their lunch and dinner.  They have a mini zoo, fish pond, live band in the evening at the El Pescado Bar Cafe, and place when you can celebrate the birthday party or weeding and etc.  The place also represents what its name suggests, Kamayan sa Palaisdaan or eating with bare hands in a fish ponds. Because most of all residents in Quezon, Province used bare hands to eat. This place is very attractive, you can feel the good atmosphere and very comfortable place. The food is very yummy and native, like Ginataang Tilapia, Sinigang, Ihaw-ihaw at iba pa!

          Anyway, my co-officemate was inviting us to treat her first salary in her new job here in Kamayan sa Palaisdaan.  We ordered ginataang tilapia, sinigang na hipon, inihaw na spyribs. After a heavy dinner we proceed to the El Pescado Bar Café and we ordered 6 bottles of Tanduay Ice.  We really enjoy as group date in this place.

Suman

             Suman is a native Filipino food in Quezon, Province. Suman is a rice cake originating from the Philippines. It is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, and often steamed in banana leaves or buri/buli leaves.  They have two different types of suman here in Quezon;  sumang malagkit ( rice cake/sticky rice) and sumang balinghoy (cassava). It comes in as many different forms as there are provinces, but the basic recipe is waxy (sweet) rice wrapped in leaves, then cooked. In Tayabas, Quezon (my Province) Suman is the ritual gift of hagisan. It is cooked with great enthusiasm by Tayabenses because Hagisan is an opportunity to share their prosperity. Bundles of suman are gaily tied in the pabitin, which is made out of a special kind of bamboo called bagakay.

          Anyway about suman, everyday I wake up early in the morning because of the suman vendor. This vendor name Michael, he was very early in the morning to sale their suman product made of rice cake (sumang malagkit) here in our Village. This suman cost P3.50 per piece. This is my breakfast food together with hot coffee. I really miss to eat suman, because I remember my grandmother, she made fantastic sticky rice.

sumang malagkit (sticky rice)
sumang balinghoy (cassava)