I'M BACK ON TRACK! 🤗
This right here is an ice cold, sugar water drink that’s a favorite in the Philippines. (It’s also my brother’s favorite drink. He always orders it whenever we go to Filipino restaurants!) It’s composed of chewy, sweet tapioca pearls (sago) flavored with pandan, gulaman (jelly), arnibal (thick sugar syrup), and water.
Now, here’s something that I learned recently about the drink:
The term sago doesn’t refer to tapioca pearls. Sago is made from the starch of palm trees whereas tapioca is made from cassava starch. Tapioca is commonly used since it takes one sago tree 7-15 years to grow before being harvested. Growing up, I’ve only had the drink with tapioca, so I thought that’s what sago meant!
So before anyone asks, yes, sago in the picture doesn’t actually refer to tapioca now that I know this, but that’s what a lot of people say it is for simplicity’s sake.
Have you heard of sago’t gulaman and/or tried it? Also, can you say it? I even have a hard time saying it. I dunno — the word gulaman always trips me up .
Go visit these sites to try out their recipes on how to make this sugary drink!
1. Panlasang Pinoy (Quickest)
2. Kawaling Pinoy
3. Pinoy Kusinero (this is the only one that uses pandan leaves!) ❤️ SJ
And, yes, I took that picture! //