Buko Pandan

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon


Buko  Pandan refreshment is well-famous in Manila since Phiippines is blessed with lots of coconut trees and the fragrant pandan leaves. Buko is a Filipino word for coconut. This refreshment is perfect to add cubes of agar-agar (sea weed jelly) to add more meat aside from coconut meat.

Pandan leaves also known as fragrant screw pine is widely use in Asia for culinary uses and the natural green color is attractive to delectable rice cake desserts as well as to coconut juice refreshment.

The natural green color comes from fragrant Pandan leaves


What you need

1 liter fresh coconut juice with shredded coconut meat

¼ cup natural pandan syrup

brown sugar (or honey)

200 gms chopped agar-agar jelly

  1. In a pitcher, mix fresh coconut juice with coconut meat, natural pandan syrup and sweetener.
  2. Add chopped agar-agar jelly. Better use the transparent jelly that has no food coloring.
  3. Chill 2-3 hours before serving.


Agar-agar or seaweed jelly comes in powder pack that you can cook or you can buy it ready-to-eat straight from cans. In the Philippines, we call this “Gulaman.”


Gulaman is great with coconut juice and meat mix with Pandan syrup and sweetener.


Learn how to make natural pandan syrup:


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