pasong – (pá-song; Maguindanaoan rice meal) [n.] rice in conic banana leaf.
Plain rice is cooked then wrapped in banana leaf, then folded into conic shape. The banana leaf wrapper is made pliant by wilting. It is done by passing the leaf over the flame or hot ember.
|Pasong from a food stall in Cotabato City|
This is how Muslims in Mindanao sold a scoop of cooked rice or packed them as baon (food brought along to work or travel).
The packaging is very much environment friendly as it uses banana leaf as wrapper and not the non- biodegradable and health-hazard sheets of plastic cellophane or the styrofoam. Not, unless you use a plastic bag to hold the pasong you are buying.