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Kalasiu picking   1 comment


Kalasiu – seen or ate it before?

I recently went off to the sea with my colleagues to find a particular seashell called ‘Kalasiu’, wednesday evening. ┬áThe idea came about during the staff meeting, when the teachers talked about having a craving to eat these things. It helps that it is currently their season, so they are abundant on the shallow sea waters. we managed to get 4 people, with 2 of our students as boat drivers and spotters.

Shafie, my student + sea guide

the sea was calm and the weather is merciful – theres some sun, but not too bright that it burns your skin. My students drove the boat for a good 10 minutes from Kuala Sugut, and we jumped off into the water about my waist high.

the process of picking up these ‘kalasiu’ is easy, you just have a walkabout around, if you step on something shell-like, put your hands in and pick it up. we didn’t really work much, we picked for about 10 minutes and then we had a jollyabout for a good 15 probably.

My two colleagues – Rudi and Mawi

overexcited after finding my first kalasiu – ‘orang bandar’ betul

10 minutes of picking

Towards the end, we picked close to a full pail of kalasiu, maybe about 30kg. Of course, that night, we threw a feast. the teachers all had boiled Kalasiu for dinner. you eat them like an escargot – use a toothpick, and pick out whats inside. I myself ate a few of them, but I don’t see what is so good about it, aside it being very high in cholesterol.

at least i enjoyed the picking process, and that a dip in the seawater and some walkies on the beach can do good, especially after a week or two of tense work.