When I posted the photo of the Puto Pandan in My Expat Mommy Facebook Page, she complimented that it looks delicious and it made her crave for another pandan dessert dish which is Buko Pandan. So since she has a standing invitation for her birthday bash, I promised her that I'll bring the dessert for her. And the rest as they say, is history. Everybody now knows that the Buko Pandan did not reach the party! :)
Last night was not so hectic so I had the chance to make the dessert. It was such a hit that it was finished even before we had dinner. So obviously I need to prepare a fresh batch for our friend.
Preparing the dish actually is very simple, it's just like making your ordinary buko salad. Well, that is, if you are in the Philippines. But here in Qatar, the main setback is finding the ingredients. So far, I have not yet seen any pandan extract in any of the supermarkets so I had to make my pandan water from scratch. Fortunately, I already had an idea how to do it from the Puto Pandan I made previously. Now it is the buko which is posing as an impediment to the perfect Buko Pandan I intend to make. Of course there is no choice but to use the frozen "young coconut" available in the Pinoy Supermarkets and Lulu Hypermarket. The first pack I bought was Lucia brand grated young coconut. It was not good! First off it is not young at all! I mean it is in no means a buko at all. The grated coconut was already mature and also, when I thawed it in a strainer to drain the water, the next day the coconut was already spoiled, even in this cold weather. So that was no good at all. At this point, I am already tempted to use the bottled macapuno. But then it wouldn't be a Buko Pandan anymore would it?