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Save Yourself the Hour-Long Drive to Diliman—It Only Takes 15 Minutes to Make Arki Vickie’s Pandan Tea at Home

October 17, 2019

After walking from building to building under the heat, UP Diliman students find respite in iced drinks. Some flock to Area 2 for Lutong Bahay’s shakes; others buy fresh lemonade in random college stall pop-ups; and for those who can make the trip—they go to Arki Vickie’s for Pandan Tea. The drink powers you up with a refreshing sugary base, a stream of evaporated milk, and loads of crushed ice. We hacked the famous “pantea,” so you don’t have to go all the way back to QC for it, especially if you’re from the South.

Don’t drop your pantea!

This recipe is really just a three-step process (despite the six-step method). Make the juice, put it in a glass with ice, then pour the milk. Simple. While you can obviously use normal cubed ice, we suggest popping those into a blender for the same experience as the original.

Arki Vickie Pandan Tea

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 bunch pandan leaves, tied
  • 1 can evaporated milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the syrup, add brown sugar, water, and pandan to a small pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook until sugar is completely dissolved about 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat then let cool completely, then remove pandan leaves.
  4. To serve, fill two glasses with crushed ice.
  5. Add a layer of syrup to each glass, then fill to the top of the ice with evaporated milk.
  6. Stir and let ice melt a little before drinking.​
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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