Local Flavors

The Chocolatey Moron


Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | May 24, 2013
The Chocolatey Moron

For readers who are not familiar with Tacloban's native delicacy, “moron” is pronounced with a stress on the second syllable.

Moron is a smoother variety of suman. Chocolate moron is a sweet tasty treat made of glutinous rice or rice flour mix, chocolate, sugar and coconut milk. It is rolled and wrapped in banana leaves then boiled or steamed.

Chocolate moron is usually served during special occasions, fiestas, Christmas and New Year in Tacloban.

You can buy these sweet treats at the downtown area in any pasalubong shops of Tacloban City. Special varieties like moron with cheese or peanuts are also available at Php60-Php80 per dozen.

Try making chocolate moron at home. Follow this simple recipe (from www.allfavoriterecipe.com) :


  • 1/2 cup malagkit (glutinous) rice

  • 1-1/2 cup ordinary rice

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk

  • 1-1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 cup chocolate or cocoa (any brand)

  • banana leaves, wilted over fire

  • melted butter

  • string


  1. Soak overnight the malagkit and ordinary rice. Grind the following day.

  2. Soak both ground rice in coconut milk until soft. Add sugar and the chocolate.

  3. Cook over low fire, constantly stirring until thick. Set aside and cool.

  4. Prepare the leaves for wrapping by heating by over low fire. Brush the leaves with butter.

  5. Put 2 tbsp. of the mixture in every wrap. Tie with string. Repeat until all are wrapped.

  6. Cook/steam for half an hour in a double boiler container or a steamer.

How to get there

From Manila, you can fly to Tacloban (Php4,500++, roundtrip, one hour and 10 minutes).

By ferry, it will take approximately 36 hours. And it will take almost a day if by bus.

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