Experience Kamayan, a Filipino Food Feast Like No Other!

I finally did it. I always wanted to introduce my children to Kamayan. So this past Summer, I got extra ambitious and created a family fete. We had to do Kamayan!

Never heard of Kamayan before? Kamayan is a traditional Filipino feast. In Tagalog (Philippines national language), the root word “kamay” means hands, and “kamayan” means “with hands”. That means, there will be no utensils in this celebration! Some refer to the Kamayan-style of dining as Boodle Fights, a Philippines military term for mess hall eating.

But that’s not the only exciting part of a Kamayan’s communal experience. It is the large family-style traditional spread of the most colorful array of Filipino dishes on top of the banana leaves that will get your mouth watering! I can’t imagine a more picture-worthy moment. Everyone is seated around the table and uses the edges of the table (covered with banana leaves) as their place of setting.

Now before you get in on the chaos of planning your own Kamayan, I’ve decided to feature some local restaurants that are already offering the Kamayan experience. Make sure to check out the list below.

You should also probably know some etiquette tips, too.

Etiquette Tips:

1) Wash your hands thoroughly
2) Only use your right hand for eating, left hand for serving spoons if available.
3) Your palm should not be touching your food, only your fingers.
4) Mold your rice into a small ball, then add whatever you want on top of the rice, but keep the size just big enough to place into your mouth.
5) Use thumb to assist food into your mouth

Directory:


Sunda 

110 W. Illinois
Chicago, IL 60654
(MAP)
(312) 644-0500

https://sundanewasian.com/chicago/

First Thursdays of every month
$55 per person

 

 

 


E&O 

25 Randhurst Village Dr,
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (MAP)
(847)-398-3636

http://eofoodanddrink.com/

At least 3 days notice
Minimum of 15 people
Starts at $50 a person

 

 

 


Hong Ning

598 East North Avenue,
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(MAP)
(630) 480-2688

https://www.hongningrestaurant.com

24 hours reservation
Minimum 2 people
Adults $29.95 / Kids $16.95
Tuesday-Friday

 

 


Sandok n Palayok

14149 Cicero Ave.
Crestwood, IL 60445
(MAP)
(708) 737-2189

Minimum 5 people
$17.00/per head

Note: Can provide gloves if requested.

MJ Tam

Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

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