Chinese Snacks In A Glass Jar


So you’ve seen my stash of snacks in a previous entry. If you pour out the contents of the jar, you’ll see they’re mostly dried and salted fruit. Ever heard of kiamoy and kana?

Chinese Snacks

On the upper left corner, that’s kana or dried olives. I love how they package kana here — three pieces are laid out on a strip of paper and they twist the paper to wrap up a single kana. So, ta-da! 3-in-1 Kana. On the upper right corner is another kind of packaging. Each triangle has 2 pieces of kana inside it.

On the lower left corner is one packaging for kiamoy. Each triangle holds 2 pieces of the dried salted prune. On the lower right corner is a kiamoy inside a piece of hardened candy. The sweetness of the candy is a great segue to the stark saltiness of the kiamoy. Woohoo! Sarap!This is a great way to rid oneself of “umay” after a long meal. I don’t know how “umay” translates in English, though.

Kana (Dried Olives), Kiamoy (Dried Salted Prunes) and Kiamoy Candy (Kiamoy in Candy)

So here’s what each one looks like up close. Kana, Kiamoy, and the Kiamoy Candy. I love taking a little bite into a piece of kiamoy and then taking a gulp of water afterwards. I also love champoy and dikiam but didn’t have any at the time I took this picture.

Of course we eat all this in moderation. These are salty food so we can’t really pig out too much on these treats!

15 Comments on Chinese Snacks In A Glass Jar

  1. rosa maria r. roque
    October 11, 2006 at 9:38 am (17 years ago)

    hi toni!

    i have been reading your blog for ages…..i just love it.

    i am happy to know that you love chinese snacks, too. will you let me know where you were able to buy those in the pictures? i usually just buy in the supermarkets but they are not complete – i mean – i have not seen any kana anywhere – just the kiamoy – regular and candied. tell me please?

    i have tubs of these snacks on my office table. i love munching on them while working.

    thank you toni! have a nice week


  2. ela
    October 11, 2006 at 10:13 am (17 years ago)

    i sooo love kiamoy!!! namiss ko tuloy… makahanap nga sa asian market 😀

  3. jojo
    October 11, 2006 at 10:36 am (17 years ago)

    i love kiamoy. as in. pag naiisip ko lagn sya, naglalaway na ako. yan na naman,…

  4. Kay
    October 11, 2006 at 11:04 am (17 years ago)

    I’m Chinese and I’ve had those candies since I was a kid. Love ’em.

  5. mare
    October 11, 2006 at 12:12 pm (17 years ago)

    Ay naku, the kiamuoy is my fave! Anything with sweet & savory.

  6. watson
    October 11, 2006 at 6:45 pm (17 years ago)

    Uy Kiamoy! I rarely have Chinese goodies anymore, but there were lots of small Chinese shops in Baguio, when I was a kid and we grew up with kiamoy, champoy, crystal candy (pure sugar in crystal form! bad for the teeth! hehehe). I’m not familiar with the kana though. Do you also have haw flakes?

    Then there’s the shredded meat that I’ve tasted once before. Sarap din. What I did not like is the pickled ginger. It’s a lump of ginger that you munch into! Which makes me wonder how come I love Yoshinoya’s ginger appetizer these days.

  7. iska
    October 11, 2006 at 7:17 pm (17 years ago)

    i love kiamoy more than anything! im not so sure if they hav it in this part of china. what they usually offer us is this candy that looks and tastes similar to white rabbit… wrapper is also edible. it’s local beijing candy. really nice! parang mtira-tira na may chocnut sa loob ewan ko ba pero masarap sya.

  8. Leah
    October 11, 2006 at 7:29 pm (17 years ago)

    i love champoy, i think its similar to kiamoy. Have not had these in ages though. Kana? haven’t tried…i’ll check it out when i visit the chinese mall.

  9. rach
    October 11, 2006 at 9:22 pm (17 years ago)

    Oh, I love kiamoy too! I also enjoy munching on champoy and sampaloc. my uncle brings home sweet sampaloc from bangkok that i really love. I haven’t tried Kana before. Sounds like a good treat. You’re right, they could be great “umay” busters.

  10. Pia
    October 11, 2006 at 11:01 pm (17 years ago)

    Oh, drool!!! I fondly remember eating those snacks, especially champoy in our cafeteria at St. Louis in Baguio City. I still crave the salty morsel to this day – but alas, I can never seem to find the right one here in Texas! The packaging is very similar, but the insides are icky – I just end up throwing them away. But I will not be deterred, because I know that the one true champoy of my childhood is out there. Thanks for sharing, Toni!


  11. tanya
    October 12, 2006 at 5:37 am (17 years ago)

    oh that’s perfect for an after meal snack! love kiamoy!!!

  12. Lani
    October 12, 2006 at 9:15 am (17 years ago)

    Yum! Yum! Yum! Now I think I will go to Achiban to buy some chinese candies.

  13. siena
    October 13, 2006 at 7:09 am (17 years ago)

    I love them, too Toni! 😀
    They are a great company on weekends. 😀
    Thanks for the wonderful pics..

    Have a great day!

  14. eye
    October 17, 2006 at 4:43 pm (17 years ago)

    i love chinese snacks too, isama mo na rin ang haw flakes hehehe! although ngayon ko lang nakita yang “kana” na yan. mai-try nga next time 😉

  15. Christian
    November 6, 2006 at 6:28 am (17 years ago)

    Is there a website where someone can order kiamoy from? I live in germany and would like to have some.


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