Take a look at the photo below of me and my son Jared. What is that I’m holding?
I would bet that the vast majority of you would say I am holding a coconut. Well, you are partially correct, but only partially.
I am holding Kalamay Hati, also known as simply Kalamay.
What is Kalamay? It’s a traditional Filipino snack that is traditionally from Bohol.
Feyma’s father was from Bohol, and as such, Feyma has a Bohol connection. During her childhood, her father brought Feyma and the rest of the family back to Bohol nearly every year. That’s the custom for Boholanos, they always bring their family back “home” during festival time, and it was no different for Feyma or her Siblings. As they went back to Bohol so often, Feyma has a real love for Kalamay.
What exactly is Kalamay?
Kalamay is, as I said, a traditional snack from Bohol. It is made with the following ingredients:
- Coconut Milk
- Glutinous Rice (ground into a flour type consistency)
- Brown Sugar
After it is cooked, Kalamay is poured in to an empty coconut shell, which has been split in half. After the Kalamay is in the coconut shell, the shell is re-sealed into one piece. After it cools down, it is ready for eating!
And, don’t be shy about eating Kalamay! It’s delicious, I promise. Because I’m diabetic, I can’t eat Kalamay too often, and when I do eat it, I have to do so in moderation, no doubt, but it is indeed delicious. Back when we first moved here, in 2000 until 2002, when we lived in GenSan, Feyma used to buy Kalamay pretty often, as it was readily available in GenSan. Since moving to Davao, you rarely see Kalamay in our house, because it is not often that you see it in the markets here in Davao. I’m not sure why, really, but it is somewhat rare here. In fact, I had forgotten about Kalamay until yesterday when Feyma came home from shopping and had a Kalamay with her.
Here’s a video of some people making Kalamay:
If you see Kalamay, buy one and give it a try. If I see them, it is usually at one of the fruit stands, so you might keep an eye out in such places.