Filipino Recipes – Buko Pandan Salad – Pinoy Food

One of the most popular desserts in the Philippines is buko pandan. It only requires simple preparation and you will be able to serve a super delicious treat.

Just prepare a few hours in advance because it needs to be chilled before serving. This is a personal favorite and I can’t get enough of this dessert. One serving would usually lead to more and more and more…


  • 5 young buko or Coconut (not too hard and not too soft, grated to strips)
  • 2 bars of Green Gulaman
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 medium can of condensed milk
  • 3 small cans of Nestle cream
  • 8 pcs pandan leaves
  • 1¾ cups sugar
  • I cup kaong or nata de coco (optional)



  • Twist the 8 pandan leaves individually in order to expose the juice and break the fibers. Place the twisted leaves in a pot filled with 10 cups water and bring to a boil. Then simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Take out the pandan leaves and measure 8 cups of the boiled water. Place the 8 cups of water into the pot and add 2 bars of gulaman. Take note that the proper ratio is 1 bar of gulaman to 4 cups of liquid. Lesser liquid will result to a hard gulaman while more liquid would give you an extra mushy and soft gulaman.
  • Place under low heat and stir well to make sure that the gulaman is dissolved well. While mixing, add the sugar gradually. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour into cooling trays but allow the gulaman mixture to pass through a strainer in order to have an even gulaman. Set aside to cool and when it hardens, chill in the refrigerator.
  • Meanwhile, combine 1 can of condensed milk and 3 cans of cream with the grated buko.
  • You can add kaong or nata de coco if you want but this is only optional.
  • Get the chilled gulaman from the refrigerator and slice into 1cm cubes. Then add to the gulaman cubes to the buko mixture.

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