Indang town plaza is the place where I used to stay after school hours. I was spending one to three hours there before going home. Wasting time counting vehicles passing by or talking with my friends and “kalamay buna” vendor. The vendor is my relative and the mother of my cousin/classmate.
What is kalamay buna?
Somewhere in the vicinity of Indang Plaza, several lady vendors are sitting under the waiting shade and under the shade of Banaba tree. They are selling two kinds of food stuffs. The first one is Kalamay Buna and the second is also a Kalamay Buna. Some are selling other foods such as boiled peanut and boiled corn.
The first one is round, soft and flat. The color range from light brown to dark brown. It is sweet and has a soft texture. I love it cause it is chewy. I am rolling it like pen or forming it to a ball before taking in.
The second kind is flat and rectangular in shape. The color is usually brown to dark brown. This is much sweeter with a caramel flavor. I eat this one by transforming it to a ball and sucking it like a candy. It can be eaten by biting but gonna cause tooth and gum ache. The texture is tough and gummy and sticks too teeth when bitten.
Kalamay buna is made of what?
I never know all the ingredients. Before going home, my vendor relative was buying glutenous rice, panutsang bao (a sugar similar to jaggery), brown sugar. She told me that those were for processing of kalamay buna. She also added the she need young coconut and mature grated coconut. Brown sugar and young coconut are for soft kalamay. The panutsang bao is for tough kalamay.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.