Buko Pandan Salad

Who wants a refreshing and mouth watering dessert on a hot Sunday noon? I have made the dish so abrupt the minute I saw some fresh young coconut or “buko” here…it’s “buko pandan” that I enjoy much more than fruit salad, maybe because I also love coconut.

Buko Pandan is a popular Filipino dessert especially on most parties.  This is made using “buko” or young coconut, tapioca pearls and Screwpine leaves (locally known as “Pandan”) added as flavoring to the gelatin or “gulaman”. The fragrant smell of pandan is soothing after a filling meal. However, since there are no pandan leaves or pandan essence available here I’ve used “Mr. Gulaman” a powdered gelatin buko pandan flavor,  just lucky I found it here in one of the groceries selling Filipino goods.

You might be interested trying it… preparation is just easy and  ingredients are cheap.

Buko Pandan Salad


  • 2 cups young coconut strips (Buko)
  • 2 cans condensed milk (big can, about 388ml a can)
  • 3 cans nestle cream (small can about 120ml each can)
  • 1 pack  powdered gelatin buko pandan flavor (i used Mr. Gulaman brand)
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 2 cups small tapioca pearls, cooked (optional)

Cooking Procedure

  1. Combine water and powdered gelatin then stir using a spoon.
  2. Add food coloring then stir until everything is evenly distributed.
  3. Heat a saucepan and pour-in the mixture. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring.
  4. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a mold. Allow the temperature to cool. The texture of the mixture should be firm once cooled. You may also place this inside the refrigerator for faster results (allow the temperature to go down before putting-in the refrigerator).
  5. Combine condensed milk, table cream or nestle cream, tapioca pearls, and young coconut then mix well. Allow the texture to thicken by chilling in the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours.
  6. Slice the firm gelatin into 1 inch cubes then combine with the condensed milk-cream-young coconut-tapioca mixture.
  7. Serve for dessert. Share and enjoy!

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