Philippine Cuisine: Sago’t Gulaman

Drinks , Featured Jan 25, 2016 No Comments

Summer is near and the humid temperature enters slowly like a creeping samurai on the loose. In a tropical county like the Philippines, the climate makes everyone sweat. That is why Philippines is well-liked by foreign visitors during the summertime. However, summer will not be complete without the taking a sip of the refreshing beverages in the country.

To welcome the heat, one of the many famous of the many Filipinos recipes that the country boasts’ is the thirst-quenching sago’t gulaman! Aside from this drink, buko juice and other fruit juices are also available from the sidewalk up to the finest restaurants in the nation.

Sago’t gulaman is a famous Filipino drink that is usually made of water, tapioca pearls (sago), sugar (brown) and gelatin (gulaman). You can see sago’t gulaman almost anywhere in the country and is usually sold P5.00-P10.00 per cup depending on its size. Drinking sago’t gulaman is one way of beating the summer heat in the country.

3 cups of medium size tapioca pearls
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1 sachet of gelatin powder
2 to 3 cups of water
3 cups of brown sugar

*Note: The ingredients will be less or enough. The only way to make it refreshingly perfect is to taste the mixture according its sweetness.

Put the sugar and water in a large pan and boil it.
Add the tapioca pearls and mix it will until the water starts to boil again. Reduce the heat to its minimum level to avoid burning the pearls. Continue stirring the pearls until they are almost clear.
After the sago appear to be sticky and tender, drain and rinse it using cold water. Then, put is aside. (Usually, cooking of sago takes times. Probably 20-30 minutes.)

After the sago pearls are cooked, gulaman comes next.
Cut the agar-agar (a gelatin-like element) into small pieces. In a saucepan, put the agar-agar and add water. Soak it for 30 minutes.
Boil the mixture until agar-agar is dissolved.
Then, add sugar and cook it for 5-10 minutes.
When the sugar is cooked, poured it on a flat pan so that the gelatin will hardened.
Slice the gelatin in cubes and set it aside.

Once the gelatin and sago is ready, now it the time to cook the arnibal.
To start, put the vanilla, sugar and water in a saucepan and wait until it boils. Stir it for 2-3 minutes or until the sugar liquefies.
After 2 minutes, take it on heat and let it cool.

Mixing of the cooked ingredients
Get a large container or may be a pitcher and mix the cooked sago, gulaman and arnibal.
Add cold water together with crushed ice. Stir and mix it all.
Presto! You can now serve it!

Sago’t Gulaman is somehow weary to make. However, it is very refreshing once you’re done with the process. On the other hand, there are tips so that you’ll not get tired while preparing the favorite Philippine cuisine drink – Sago’t Gulaman. Actually, you can cook the ingredients ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. Now, all you need is ice and cold water for the this thirst-quenching drink.

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