Alternative namesJunai
CourseMain dish
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateSulu
Main ingredientswhite rice, coconut milk, pamapa (powdered mixed spices), powdered burnt coconut meat
Similar dishespastil, binalot, piyoso

Junay or junai, is a Filipino packed rice dish wrapped in banana leaves with burnt coconut meat and various spices. It originates from the Tausug people of the Sulu Archipelago. It is made by boiling rice in coconut milk until half-cooked. It is then wrapped in banana leaves with pamapa (powdered mixed spices), oil, salt, and siyunog lahing (powdered burnt coconut meat). It is further steamed in water until fully cooked. The spices and burnt coconut are also sold pre-mixed and are known as pipis itum. [1][2][3]

See also


  1. ^ Lolarga, Elizabeth (18 August 2020). "Philippine deliciousness celebrated". VERA Files. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  2. ^ Abdulla, Norma Abubakar (1989). The Food & Culture of the Tausug. CEU Research and Development Center, Centro Escolar University. p. 153.
  3. ^ De Jesus, Diovanie (6 August 2016). "Diving into the pristine blue waters of Tawi-Tawi". GMA News Online. Retrieved 25 March 2021.