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Buko Pandan (No Buko)

Buko pandan is a green and white sweet milky dessert made with pandan jelly, buko strips and milk. But buko pandan without buko? How did that happen? Worry no more if you have lacking ingredients. Yummy Kitchen, to the rescue! If you wanna know the secret on how to make this buko-less buko pandan, continue reading the blog below.

BUKO PANDAN

Buko pandan salad is one the best and simplest Filipino salads. I usually make buko pandan using the classic way. Not until this one night, I craved for it so bad but the only thing I have was gelatin powders and milk. Jelly and milk combo? Not bad though. But it still feels incomplete having no buko strips in my buko pandan salad.

Knowing that jellies become firmer if I used less water, I tried making fake buko strips using white jelly. I asked my niece for taste testing, letting her taste the fake buko strips. I’m telling you guys! She didn’t even notice! I guess my magic worked.

I will share with you the exact steps on how I managed to make buko jelly strips with just jelly and milk. This recipe is a great hack especially when you lack ingredients or when you want to improvise some.

BUKO PANDAN IN THE HEARTS OF FILIPINO

Filipino festivities is not complete without buko pandan salad. If you see a green chilled dessert at the center of a fiesta table, it is 100% buko pandan salad. I remember every household in our neighbourhood competing on who made the best buko pandan salad. This dessert is made with pandan jelly cubes and buko strips all swimming in a sweet and milky concoction. It is a simple dessert which I bet any Filipino knows how to make.

There are two types of ingredients you can use in making the pandan jellies.

  • Agar-agar bars: This is locally known as gulaman. It comes in delicate bars which can be easily crushed. If you will be using these, simply crush them finely and then soak in water. The benefit of using these is it doesn’t need refrigeration in order to set and firm.
  • Gelatin powder: This is more commercially available and much more convenient to use. They come in sachets which usually requires you to boil them with 6 cups of water. It takes a bit longer time to cool and set.

After the jelly, young coconut meat is shredded and combined with the jelly and milk. Aside from these, other ingredients like tapioca pearls and nata de coco can also be added. Chilled is the best way to serve buko pandan.

MAKING THE JELLY BUKO MAGIC

Just like any other jelly recipes, the buko pandan without buko recipe is just as simple to make. For a quick overview, we will prepare two types of jelly, the green pandan-flavored one and a white buko-flavored one.

For the green pandan-flavored jelly, simple prepare using the instructions from the packaging. Optionally, you can add a few drops of pandan extract to enhance the flavor and color of the jelly. Transfer the mixture to a container (I recommend using a flat and shallow one for faster cooling) and let it set. Cut them into cubes after.

For the white buko-flavored jelly, use only 3 cups of water instead of 5. The reason for this is we want the jelly to be firmer, which can copy the texture of buko strips. In this recipe, I used plain evaporated milk. I highly suggest using coconut milk for that strong authentic buko flavor. Just like the pandan jelly, transfer the mixture to a container and let it set. Use a coconut grater to make the buko jelly strips. It may look like long strands of noodles at first but that’s okay. Cut them into short pieces later to have the grated buko look.

The last thing to do is to assemble the buko pandan salad. Simply combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and then chill before serving. If you can’t wait any longer, you can pour yourself some to a glass and then just add ice. Enjoy!

Buko Pandan (No Buko)

Course: Uncategorized
Servings

10

servings

Ingredients

  • For Buko Pandan Jelly:
  • 1 sachet gelatin powder (buko pandan flavor)

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 5 cups water

  • For “Buko” Jelly Strings:
  • 1 sachet unflavoured gelatin powder (white)

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup evaporated milk (fresh milk or coconut milk)

  • Other Ingredients:
  • 2 cans all purpose cream

  • 1 can condensed milk

  • 1 cup tapioca pearls (cooked)

Directions

  • For the Buko Pandan Jelly:
  • Combine water, sugar and gelatin powder in a pot. Stir until well-combined.
  • Cook the mixture using low heat until it boils. When boiling, turn the heat off.
  • Transfer the mixture to a container. Let it cool down completely and harden.
  • When set, cut the buko pandan jelly into small cubes.
  • For the Buko Jelly Strings:
  • Combine the water, sugar, gelatin powder in a pot. Stir until well-combined.
  • Cook the mixture using low medium heat. When it starts to boil, add the evaporated milk while stirring continuously. When boiling, turn the heat off.
  • Transfer the mixture to a container. Let it cool down completely and harden.
  • When set, use a coconut grater to create “buko jelly string” look.
  • Buko Pandan Assembly:
  • In a large bowl, add the green jelly cubes, white jelly strings and the cooked tapioca pearls. Mix well to distribute the ingredients evenly.
  • Add the all purpose cream and the condensed milk. Stir gently until well-combined.
  • Chill the buko pandan for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • Scoop some of the buko pandan to a serving bowl and enjoy!

Paano Magluto ng Buko Pandan na Walang Buko?

MGA SANGKAP:

Para sa Buko Pandan Jelly:

  • 1 sachet ng gelatin powder (buko pandan flavor)
  • ¼ tasa ng asukal
  • 5 tasa ng tubig

Para sa “Buko” Jelly Strings:

  • 1 sachet ng gelatin powder (unflavored)
  • ¼ tasa ng asukal
  • 3 tasa ng tubig
  • 1 tasa ng evaporated milk (fresh milk o coconut milk)

Iba Pang Ingredients:

  • 2 lata ng all purpose cream
  • 1 lata ng condensed milk
  • 1 tasa ng tapioca pearls (luto na)

PAANO LUTUIN:

For the Buko Pandan Jelly:

  1. Paghaluin ang tubig, asukal at gelatin powder sa isang pot. Haluin ng mabuti.
  2. Lutuin ang mixture gamit ang mababang apoy hanggang kumulo. Kapag kumukulo na, patayin ang apoy.
  3. Ilipat ang mixture sa isang lalagyan. Palamigin ito para tumigas.
  4. Kapag matigas na ang jelly, hatiin ito sa maliliit na cubes.

For the Buko Jelly Strings:

  1. Paghaluin ang tubig, asukal at gelatin powder sa isang pot. Haluin ng mabuti.
  2. Lutuin ang mixture gamit ang mababang katamtamang apoy. Kapag nagsisimula nang kumulo, ilagay ang evaporated milk habang hinahalo. Kapag kumukulo na, patayin ang apoy.
  3. Ilipat ang mixture sa isang lalagyan. Palamigin ito para tumigas.
  4. Kapag matigas na ang jelly, gumamit ng coconut grater para maging strings ang jelly.

Buko Pandan Assembly:

  1. Ilagay ang green jelly cubes, white jelly strings at tapioca pearls sa malaking bowl. Haluin ang mga ito.
  2. Sunod na ilagay ang all purpose cream at condensed milk. Haluin ng mabuti.
  3. Palamigin ang buko pandan ng 4 hours bago i-serve. Enjoy!

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