Make This Nathaniel’s Buko Pandan Salad Food Hack to End Summer on a Cool Note

May 28, 2019

When Nathaniel’s opened its first branch in Metro Manila, it wasn’t long until it climbed to the top of the city’s (unofficial) list of best buko pandan‘sThe dessert is beloved for its subtle sweetness (we dare say, a rarity in many buko pandan iterations); and the fact that it’s best enjoyed frozen.

This hack doesn’t quite get the consistency of the original when it comes to its texture. But we still suggest you eat it right out of (actually, you might want to wait a few minutes) the freezer. Anyway, the recipe follows Nathaniel’s signature not-so-sweet buko pandan formula—and that’s really what we’re here for.

Nathaniel’s Buko Pandan Salad

  • Serves: 6-8 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins + overnight
  • Difficulty: Easy



  • 4 cups all-purpose cream
  • 2 cups condensed milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. buko pandan extract


  • 2 cups buko, chopped
  • 2 cups green gulaman, cut into squares


  1. In a large bowl, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix condensed milk, milk, and extract.
  4. Add chopped buko and gulaman and mix together until combined.
  5. Fold the heavy cream into the buko mixture until well incorporated then transfer into a freezer safe container.
  6. Chill for at least four hours, or overnight if preferred, before serving.
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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