Buko Salad

3:59:00 PM

It is Christmas once again! Wow! Time really flies so fast, next week it will be New Year. I'm so glad that I survived in the so-called "End of The World" on December 21, 2012. There were a lot of rumors to that. Well, I didn't really believe much however in my subconscious mind, it was a bit afraid. That's reality, no person is not scared of something. Now, one reason to celebrate Christmas. So, during such a an eventful event singles, couples, and families prepare something to celebrate. May it be Catholics, Christians, Muslims, Buddhist. That day is special, may it a day for couples (another day than Valentines Day), a day for children to receive gifts from their godparents or just to have more fun, a day for families to reunite with each other, or a day for one's own self to enjoy and be merry alone and enjoy the simplicity or extravagance of life. Back to the special day, Christmas, gathering, get together, reunion and such are very common and with that common thing, what is very much important? Food. Of course, it is food again. Food is a very essential thing for a human being, for each one of us. The poor, the rich, men, women, and transgender, food is basically one of the basic needs of a Homo sapiens. However, in this occasion, the food to be prepared is not the usual one or it can be usual. In the Philippines, when they see such a food, Filipinos are always reminded that it is Christmas or it is a very special day. Let me present to you, a dessert that is always on the table during Christmas, Fruit Salad.

From the name itself, it contains a lot of fruits. With the generosity of Mother Earth for giving my country a lot of natural resources including fruits, we are able to make such good food. Making use of almost all the seasonal fruits. Now, some fruits are not available in the country and are very expensive. Also, buying each of the ingredients and slicing and peeling each of them are quite troublesome so some brilliant businessmen made up something for the people to have an easy convenient job during this season. The fruits are preserved in cans and bottles. 

We need:

# Fruit Cocktail
# Kaong (Sweet palm)
# Condensed milk
# All-purpose Cream
Those are the simple ingredients needed to make a fruit salad. The contents of a fruit cocktail are usually slices of pineapple, cherries, peaches, papaya, and nata de coco. Nata de coco is a chewy, translucent, jelly-like food product produced by the fermentation of coconut water. The name is a Spanish term of "cream of coconut". Cream in this sense means the fat from the coconut milk. Kaong is sugar palm in English. The Kaong we use is actually a preserved one because it is an immature sugar palm that is boiled. I sensed that sugar palm is usually added in dessert because it creates a fine salad and also it appears in Christmas season for the reason that the peak months for harvesting are November to January. Other additional item for salad are raisins and soy beans. I just added soy beans this year because I think it is healthier and also we put soy beans in the halo-halo or mix (a Filipino dessert usually eaten during summer), so I added it up. But, in this case, I a made a Buko Salad. Buko salad is just fruit salad with coconut, since buko is coconut in English, to make it more special. Coconuts in my country is quite expensive these days, but thanks to my mother who planted a coconut tree in our front yard, we were able to have coconuts for free!

It is time to put everything together. Don't forget to prepare a really large container especially if you want to add up a lot of fruits. So, first we put the fruit cocktail and sugar palms. The red and white colored fruits are sugar palms. They are the ones that adds color to the fruit salad, there is also a green one, but it was out of stock, so I bought just two colors.

Then, add the preserved soy beans.
Then mix the first few ingredients.
Ta~da~ ooh~ it really looks so appetizing and beautiful. You can actually eat it just like this. But, if you put it in the refrigerator, it won't taste and look good. Hah!
Now, let's add condensed milk,
and mix, then add the cream...
 and mix again and add the shredded coconut.

mix... mix... mix very well until all the fruits are coated with the cream...
it will then look like this!
Yeay!!! That's finish! Since my container was a bit small when I added up the coconut, I needed to put some of the salad to another container.

Transparent containers really give it an appetizing look!
So that's it. Put it in the refrigerator for about 6 to 12 hours. Of course it depends on the thickness of your container and the temperature inside the refrigerator. If you are going to put it in the freezer, cool it down first and then put it there for a short time so that the cream won't become icy since the juice from the fruit creates water so there is a lot of possibility it will have the same texture like an ice. Patience is a virtue, it should be given time to cool itself inside the fridge. In this case, I made this on Christmas Eve, the transparent light container is helpful, because we usually eat as time approaches to Christmas. Half the usual hour was enough. And the remaining salad were good enough to be eaten on the next day! Success! It was a simple dessert though, but it needs patience and a careful hand. The fruits are all fragile since it is all preserved, the balance of the flavor is also needed. In my case, I bought a cocktail with a lot of pineapple slices, so I needed to really coat all the fruits with the cream and milk evenly.
I'm so glad my father likes it, he doesn't like strange food and soy bean is not our usual food. So I asked him before I told him there was soy bean. Hahaha. I quite tricked him to that though. Sorry. 
 Well, that's how I do things normally. So, next day of Christmas, there are still some few salad left, and look at how delicious it can be. sparkles
The cream hardened, well not too much, just enough to put all the fruits together. It tasted like ice cream with a lot of crunch and tenderness and chewy foods in it. Oh! I have to warn you, this is not very good to eat all the time. There are a lot of sugar, so just eat moderately.

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  1. First, I thought sliced coconut seems like sliced onion, so I thought you're crazy because you try to add some special with soy beans.
    But it makes your blood smooth.
    Your father might be pleased.

  2. Well, it does sound crazy. Haha...
    Soy beans are preserved as a sweetened one, that is why we put it as an ingredient for our dessert.
    Here is a picture of halo-halo or mix dessert. > http://cincos-creek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/phi-halo.jpg
    and you can see there a red colored bean, and on this second picture, you can find the ingredients we use to make it > http://cincos-creek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/phi-halo.jpg

    so, it is unconsciously natural for us... ;)

    anyway, thanks for the comment. :)


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