What are Filipino Fiestas without Buko Pandan? Buko Pandan is a unique fruit salad, another traditional dessert dish of the Philippines. The freshness of pandan flavor complementing the creaminess of young coconut and sweetened milk will never get out of style.
Buko Pandan Salad
Ber months as we, Filipinos, call the period of time from September to December when everybody becomes exaggeratedly early to prepare for the upcoming celebrations. It is when streets get very lively and fun during nights thanks to the dancing Christmas lights. And when the 25th of December finally arrives, expect the Filipino tables to offer an array of colorful dishes and sweets. There it is at the corner of the table, the green delicious dessert filling a big crystalline glass bowl — Buko Pandan.
Buko Pandan has extra magic in it. Both fortunate and unfortunate families happily celebrate occasions by simple desserts such as this one.
How to make Buko Pandan Salad
Buko Pandan salad is a famous dessert during celebrations in the Philippines. It is very affordable and easy to make. The creamier it is, the better!
To make one, you just need to prepare very few ingredients like pandan-flavored gelatin powder, young coconut strips, and creamers. First, you get the gelatin ready by dissolving pandan-flavored gelatin and enough amount of sugar in the water. Bring it to boil and patiently wait for it to get firm as it cools down. Then, the most fun part is to carefully slicing the firm smooshy jelly it into cute-sized cubes.
After making the gelatin, there’s nothing left to do but just all about combining the remaining ingredients. It’s important to use the young coconut because you would’nt want a crunchy old strip to torture those teeth an also, it tastes bad. You can add more ingredients if you prefer, like put some sago or tapioca pearls to explore more flavors.
5 cups of water
1/2 cup of sugar
1 pack of buko pandan-flavored gelatin powder
2 cups shredded young coconut
1 cup nata de coco or coconut gel
1 cup cooked sago (optional)
2 cups chilled all purpose cream
1 can condensed milk (390 grams)
1 tsp pandan flavor
- Pour water into a pot, add the sugar and a pack of gelatin (buko pandan flavor). Stir until dissolved. Put the pot to heat until the solution boils. Once boiling, remove it from the heat and transfer to a heat-proof tray where it should cool and set.
- After the gelatin cools down and gets firm, carefully slice it into small cubes.
- In a large mixing bowl, put the shredded young coconut or buko and the jelly cubes. Now, add some nata de coco or coconut gel and cooked sago, this will enrich the flavor of your dessert. Mix everything well.
- Add chilled all-purpose cream and condensed milk to the mixture. Put enough amount of pandan flavor and continue stirring all the ingredients together. Chill the buko pandan for at least an hour before serving. Enjoy!
- You can use fresh pandan leaves if available. Boil around 5 to 8 leaves of pandan in 5 cups water. Once boiling and the flavor goes to the water, remove the pandan leaves. Let the water cool down before adding the gelatin powder and sugar. Then cook it like in Procedure #1.
- Cooked sago is optional. You may skip adding it.