The halaan and tulya

Halaan halaan halaan! Please buy halaan! Only 20 pesos per pack!

Quite intriguing! The wet market vendor was packing assorted sizes clams in cellophane. Golden clams with green shade and numerous black specs. Twenty pesos per pack. As I observed, he did not even weigh any, even if the weighing scale was right beside him.

How can we know if those were still alive? Alive clams open their shell when submerged in water. Discard those that refused. In case failed soaking in water, deads will still not open after cooking. Do not eat or force open dead clams.

How halaan is different from tulya? They are entirely the same. Huh! Maybe both are generic names. On the right side were smaller clams, color gray and of the same sizes. On the left side, another smaller halaan, of the same sizes and color pale yellow.

Calling the attention of marine biologists. Please help me identify this one! I am referring to specific English name or scientific name. I found no similar picture on first part of Google image results page.

Why was this man selling assorted sizes halaan? Maybe he was too lazy to do sorting or the volume is too small and not appropriate for sorting.

How to cook it? Is it good? Yes it is good! It can be roasted, sautéed or mixed with other dishes.

My dear cooked it as tinolang halaan. Flavor was good but not as good as mussels. I also noticed that every meat was pretty small for the clam size. No wonder it was so cheap.

tinolang tulya halaan



  • Bagoong made from small oysters used to be available from Nepa Q Mart wet market in Cubao, Quezon City. It was sold in “lapad” bottles. If I remember right, it was called SISI. Do you know where I can still buy that kind of bagoong?

    • It is the first time I heard of bagoong made of oysters. I’ll ask some of my friends.

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