Filipinos have this dire love for ‘kakanins’.
Bibingka, Puto, Cassava, Maja and most especially, the different variety of those moist, sticky and delicious rice cakes, Biko, Suman, and Muron.
Rice cakes are the most common kakanin the Philippines. It is believed that these rice cakes have been adapted from the Chinese but the original recipe has been modified in the past years, with ingredients adjusted from person to person.
We can find them anywhere in the country, especially during the month of December, during Simbang Gabi. That said, these rice cakes are very special to us, Filipinos.
For Nanay Choleng’s Family, the Muron holds a much deeper meaning.
Recently, I was introduced to one of the most esteemed Murons from Dulag, Leyte – Nanay Choleng’s Muron.. Muron is somewhat the same with the classic suman, but with an addictive twist. This “muron” is a family-held secret recipe of the de Veyra-Gabriola clan of Dulag, Leyte.
“When we were young, I remember our nanay would cook Muron. The recipe was handed down from my maternal grandmother to my mother and also to the other sisters, my aunts. I remember their stories of helping Lola Choleng in preparing and cooking muron for special occasions. During fiestas, traditionally, the family would cook muron for the handaan as dessert,” Jonathan Cabrera, son of Linda de Veyra-Cabrera, said.
The Muron earned popularity during fiestas, occasions and family gatherings, where Nanay Choleng would serve her famous Muron — something that was looked forward to by the guests.
What made Nanay Choleng’s Muron unique from all the other recipes is that she managed to create the Muron perfectly, with all the basic ingredients such as rice, coconut milk, peanuts, cacao beans, sugar, butter, and milk well proportioned and steamed together in banana leaves, formed into a delicious culinary masterpiece.
“It just melts in your mouth. That’s our secret. It’s how we prepare the chocolate and how we prepare each ingredient and put it together into a muron that intertwines rich flavour and texture. That’s how our Lola Choleng perfected the recipe,” Jonathan added.
Each bite promises a labor of love, the smell reminds us of laughter, and the way it is brought to us as a pasalubong reminds us of stories told while it is prepared with passion.
One can say that Typhoon Yolanda was a blessing in disguise because it led the family to put up a food business, here, in the city, where they stayed for good. The business started as a past time, catering for orders from neighbors, friends, and colleagues. And then later, was launched as a commercial product.
Linda and Norma, children of Nanay Choleng, continued making this legacy alive. Making sure that the taste and texture perfected by home-style cooking while using the finest ingredients will be evident in their product.
“To give tribute to our maternal grandmother, we named it after her. Thus, the product, Nanay Choleng’s Chokoleit Muron.” Jonathan explained when I asked him of how the business came to be.
For many many years, Nanay Choleng’s Muron recipe has lived on. Now, it has settled in Cagayan de Oro City and definitely a favourite of the locals and tourists.
Just last year, Nanay Choleng’s Muron was one of the awardees of Inquirer Lifestyle’s Best Desserts 2015 along with other desserts across the Philippines. Media personalities and celebrities had a taste and they were immediately hooked!
“We are very proud to announce that The Philippine Daily Inquirer (Lifestyle) has included Nanay Choleng’s Muron to the list of BEST DESSERTS in 2015 across the Philippines. Joining us in this very prestigious assembly are some of the country’s highly acclaimed pastry chefs and bakers with their haute and innovative delicious desserts. This is indeed a sweet blessing and an important milestone for Nanay Choleng’s Muron. We greatly thank the team of the Inquirer Lifestyle for this incredible recognition,” Nanay Choleng’s Muron posted in their Facebook Page.
Since 1988 to present, Nanay Choleng’s Recipe has been proven to be timeless.
With future plans of expanding to nearby cities, Nanay Choleng’s Muron is available in chocolate and ube flavour plus a new flavour they just recently launched — Red Bean Matcha!
The pasalubong market will never be the same again.
Nanay Choleng’s Muron can be ordered here at Shoplocal.ph.