Kalamay Lansong Recipe

Kalamay Lansong Recipe – Desserts featuring glutinous rice are aplenty in Filipino cuisine. A few examples of this include a coconut flat rice cake called Palitaw and a colorful layered dessert called Sapin-Sapin. Rice in general is used in different ways for snacks and desserts in Filipino cuisine. Among the many desserts that feature rice, there is Kalamay Lansong. Kalamay Lansong is a popular dessert in the Philippines, especially in the Visayan region.

It is made with sticky rice flour, coconut milk, coconut cream, and sugar. The cake is similar to the Chinese Nian Gao or Tikoy in appearance but has a topping of latik curds. It is named after the bamboo steamer where it is cooked, called a “lansong.”

What makes the dessert so distinct is the simplicity of the dessert and the fact that it is topped with latik. What is latik? Consider it as a product from coconut. Latik comes in two variations. The first one is a thick and sweet sauce made by caramelizing coconut cream. The other type, which we’ll use in this recipe, is made by boiling coconut cream until it separates into oil and savory curds. That said, here is a simple Kalamay Lansong Recipe to try:

Kalamay Lansong Recipe

Kalamay Lansong

A delicious sticky rice cake topped latik curds, also known as dried coconut. A great snack if you're craving something simple but sweet.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 can coconut cream


  • First, let's start with making the Latik. Pour your coconut cream into a non-stick pan and heat it over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Make sure to stir it from time to time to avoid burning.
  • Once the oil and curd start to separate, remove it from heat and let it cool. Remember, it will continue to cook and brown as it cools, so don't leave it on the heat for too long.
  • Now, it's time to prepare the banana leaf. Cut out a large circle from a banana leaf and heat it over low fire until it becomes soft and pliable.
  • Line an 8-inch round pan that is at least 2 inches high with the banana leaf and grease it with the coconut oil from the Latik.
  • In a large bowl, mix together glutinous rice, coconut milk, and sugar until it becomes smooth.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and place it on a steamer. Make sure to wrap the lid with a clean kitchen towel to avoid droplets from dripping.
  • Steam the mixture over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden stick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Once done, remove the pan from the steamer and let it cool down.
  • Transfer the kalamay lansong to a serving plate and top it with the delicious latik. Make sure to cut it into squares before serving.

Tips and Tricks for a Kalamay Lansong Recipe

There are different tips and tricks to help you make this recipe, especially the latik. When making latik, fresh coconut cream, and milk are best, but canned versions work as well. To make the coconut-toasted curds, it’s recommended to use a non-stick pan for easier cooking and handling. There are also different things to look out for when cooking the sticky rice portion of the dessert.

Depending on how much of the dessert you want to make, there will be different steaming times. You can test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center; if it comes out clean, it’s done. After cooking, allow the sticky dessert to cool down completely before slicing. For easier cutting, lightly brush the knife with coconut oil, which you can get from making the curds.

Aside from these tips and tricks, there are alternatives you can use to make the dish. If you don’t have banana leaves, you can still make the recipe by brushing the pan with coconut oil or using parchment paper. Additionally, if you don’t have a steamer, you can improvise by using a large wok or pan with a steamer rack to rest your pan or molder on top.

To explore other desserts that have latik in the dish, you should check out Suman sa Lihiya and Ube Biko. You can also check out other rice cake treats like Puto and Suman Malagkit. Aside from these, you can check out similar desserts such as Tibok-tibok.

Kalamay Lansong Recipe

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