Buko Juice


The memories of my childhood’s summers are dotted with ice candy, ice scramble and buko juice. Among these favorites though, it’s buko juice that remains to be a staple. And why not? With its light sweetness and refreshing flavor, it’s something to be enjoyed regardless of season.

Buko Juice

Fortunately for us, a kindly old manong drops by with his buko cart during the weekends so we can get our buko juice fill. You tell him how many you want to buy, hand over a pitcher, then he splits the young coconuts for you. Afterwards, he spoons the young, tender flesh off the shells, letting it slither into the pitcher waiting with coconut water.

Buying Coconuts

You can choose to drink it directly or stick it in the fridge for an even more refreshing drink. In our case, we cut it with a small amount of water and add a little sugar. We usually fish the flesh out of the pitcher too, and slice it into thin strips so it slithers between your lips with each sip. Divine. Served cold from the fridge, heavenly. Years from now, I know I’ll still be loving buko juice. And if you’ve tried some yourself, I’m sure you’d understand why.

Buko Juice v. 7 December 2007

Juice from 2 young coconuts, approximately 1 liter
1 cup water
¼ cup sugar
young coconut meat, malauhog, (tender, literal translation, mucous-like)

1. Slice the coconut meat into thin strips.
2. Mix together coconut water, plain water, and sugar. Add the coconut meat.
3. Chill. Serve really cold.

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17 Responses to Buko Juice

  1. Patrick says:

    I adore your blog! I love that every dish has a story, and your bento is beautiful.

  2. dementedchris says:

    Wow, I can’t believe you get ‘authentic’ buko juice in your village! ^_^ The photos add a nice touch.

  3. JMom says:

    I miss fresh buko juice! You are so lucky to have it delivered right at your front door.

    BTW, I’m hosting Lasang Pinoy this month. Please come by for the announcement. I look forward to your entry. This will be right up your alley πŸ˜‰

  4. Mer says:

    I’d never heard of buko juice before. Sounds delicious!

    And your light, tropical pictures are an oasis on this dreary day. ;0) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Liz Tolentino says:

    Nothing can ba more refreshing than a cold glass of fresh and sweet buko juice…
    Buti na lang here in the province we have an easy access with fresh buko πŸ˜‰

  6. KF says:

    heheh also a favourite of mine ^_^

    You could also boil some pandan leaves in water, and then use that in place of water for a deeper flavour πŸ˜‰ after straining it and removing the leaves of course! And then chilled as buko should always be served…

    Geez… now I’m thirsty… and craving buko T_T

  7. kaoko says:

    @Patrick
    Thank you so much! Comments like yours keep me going πŸ˜€

    @Chris
    Authentic very! The manong was kind enough to let me take his pictures. To think I probably looked a fright since I just got up from bed and my hair was probably sticking up from all angles, hehe

    @JMom
    I saw! Hahaha, I guess I’m really predictable, because just as you figured, I’m gearing up for this rice centric challenge. Fusion onigiri, here I come πŸ˜€

    @Mer
    Thanks! It really has been dreary lately, even here in the tropics. Buko juice is also called coconut water in some places. πŸ˜€ It’s basically the water found inside a coconut—not to be confused with coconut milk.

    @Liz
    Oooh, you’re lucky! Fresh food all around! Not to mention fresh air and everything.

    @KF
    I wonder, will steeping fresh pandan leaves also work or does it really need to be heated? Because I imagine putting fresh pandan leaves directly in the buko juice would deepen the flavor even more.

  8. Wow looking on that buko juice photo made me miss it so much. I haven’t drink a fresh one since I got here in Australia. Buko juice in Philippines is just so refreshing.

    • kaoko says:

      Such a pity! I know of a brand that bottles buko juice and it’s fairly good. It’s called Lipa, but I’ve no idea about their availability outside the country. The bottled ones (in PETs) are decent to good. The canned ones, I stay away from though. It has a faint tinny taste that I don’t like.

      And yay, they have a website!
      http://www.lipabuko.com/lipa-buko/main.php

  9. Leki says:

    Ooooh…not really that much of a fan of buko juice, but it is nice to have a glass during a hot summer day. In our case since we have coconut trees in our backyard, someone climbs a tree for us, get a few, and then our maids slice and scoop it up for everyone to enjoy.

  10. Outerscene says:

    I just discovered your blog today and I just can’t leave my computer. I recently got married and have absolutely no talent in the kitchen (except for lucky me products), but your blog has given me hope. Haha! This is my favorite entry..because I love buko juice and we also have a similar looking old manong that supplies us with a fresh piece everyday. I just prefer it with a little more meat.

    Something that I love having during the summer is the buko sundae. Thinly sliced coconut meat topped with chocolate ice cream and rice crispies (or whatever you prefer to put on top). A lot of people consider it yucky, but it tastes really good I promise.

    I look forward to seeing more entries in you blog. =)

    • kaoko says:

      I’m so glad you like the blog. I hope you find it useful for your kitchen exploits. I like experimenting too and learn a lot kaka-practice πŸ˜› Your buko sundae sounds interesting πŸ˜€ I wonder if it’ll work with strawberry ice cream too? <3

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  12. Marie says:

    healthy and yummy

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