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Bukayo on a banana leaf lined serving platter.
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Bukayo Recipe

Bukayo is a traditional sweetmeat in the Philippines made from young coconut strings and sugar. It This classic treat is made of three simple ingredients and is super easy to make at home.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Diet: Vegetarian
Keyword: brown sugar, coconut, Filipino delicacy
Servings: 6 pieces
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut water or just plain water
  • 2 cups coconut strings from young coconut


  • In a non-stick pan over low heat, dissolve brown sugar in coconut water until it turns into a thick syrup.
    1 ½ cups brown sugar, ¼ cup coconut water
  • Once the syrup has thickened, add the coconut strings and mix until they are fully coated. Let it simmer until the syrup is reduced and thickens further.
    2 cups coconut strings
  • Once the syrup has thickened, remove the pan from heat and place it on the kitchen counter with a trivet or hot holder underneath.
  • Wait until the syrup has stopped bubbling and has cooled down a bit. Then stir the mixture continuously until the syrup turns opaque as it crystallizes and becomes thick and sticky.
  • Scoop a portion of the mixture and place it on top of a banana leaf. Form into a flat round disk and do the same with the remaining mixture.
  • Let it cool down completely and harden and then remove them from the banana leaves gently.
  • Transfer to a plate to serve or to an airtight jar for storage.



Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg