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#110 Sundot kulangot

Sundot kulangot (literally “poke the snot”) is a bizarre but funny name for a simple Philippine candy that is packaged in small, nutty shells. Patience is needed to coax the enjoyment out of this rather esoteric candy.

The taste and texture of sundot kulangot is similar to the more popular matamis na bao or coconut jam. Sticky and sweet (like the coco jam), the rather absurd name ‘sundot kulangot’ obviously refers to the tedious way one has to open and eat (or sample) this candy. Sample or sampling  since the nutty shell only contains a teeny-weeny bit or less than a thumb size portion of the coco-jammy substance. One has to literally poke the sticky stuff out of the unusual packaging, similar to poking one’s nose for … you-know-what!

Sundot kulangot is becoming a rarity among Philippine candies but can still be found in traditional public markets particularly in northern Luzon such as in Baguio city where heaps of sundot kulangot are piled waist high among the bananas, mangoes and other garden produce.

Mabuhay ang sundot kulangot!


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#14 Bukayo

Bukayo or sweetened grated coconut (preferably young coconut) used to be a very popular native candy, particularly in the Philippine countryside. The candy is proof of the coconut’s versatility in terms of use and by-products.

Sweetened with raw brown sugar and sprinkled with sesame seeds (optional), this candy is known all over the Philippines that the expression ‘bukayo‘ entered Filipino slang or the popular lingo, as in “na-bukayo,” or “buking” which means “caught, discovered,” or anyone whose bad deeds are brought to light and justly exposed.

An example: “Si Gloria ay nabuking na nandadaya sa election.” In English: “Gloria was caught or exposed to have cheated (massively) in the election.”  

Those with a sweet tooth should try bukayo, but not cheating in the elections.

Mabuhay ang bukayo (hindi ang na-buking)!

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