I love buko salad. Every Christmas, however, I dismiss it from the menu, because as Christmas Day draws nearer, the price of buko goes higher... to the point of being astronomic on Christmas Day itself. That meant having fruit salad instead.
however, our friendly neighborhood magbu-buko (coconut vendor, with a
rolling cart) came around and offered his wares at 2/3 the usual price
(these days, at least). I was tempted but having decided to go fruit
(again) this year, I politely refused. He wouldn't take no for an answer, and to show me the error of my choice, he opened one and showed me the lovely buko meat that
was just perfect for salad.
(Side note here - when we
buy buko we always specify - mala-uhog, pang-salad, or pang-gata.
Mala-uhog, or literally "snot-like" or "mucus-like", is from very young
coconut. The meat is gelatinous, like the texture of mucus, and is
commonly used in desserts and drinks. Pang-salad, literally for salad,
is, as the name suggests, best for buko salad. The meat is rather firm
but not tough or dry. Pang-gata simply means for coconut milk/cream.
The meat is from old or matured coconuts and is really tough. It is so
tough that a grating machine is used to grate the meat off the buko
shell; it is this grated coconut meat that is used to extract coconut
milk or coconut cream.)
Anyway, having seen the
pang-salad buko meat, ignoring it was not an option. Quite suddenly, I
was struck with longing for buko salad! And, while the timing was not
ideal (it was still a few days before Christmas), the chance to have
buko salad this season was too good to pass up, especially since I had
nata de coco in the pantry, as well as some homemade macapuno
Presenting... Buko Macapuno Salad!
This is actually a twist on my personal, traditional buko salad...
The recipe is likewise as simple and as easy... even if the measurements are estimations...
coconut meat from 5 buko, the pang-salad type
1 large bottle of nata de coco, drained
half a large bottle of macapuno preserves (mine was homemade!)
2 cups cream, mixed with
1 cup macapuno ice cream
Just toss everything together and chill thoroughly before enjoying!