From savoury to sweet pies, these treats are no-fail comfort food. Meat pies of minced chicken or beef mixed with mushrooms to pecan and pumpkin pies, this dish creates a romance between the flaky dough crust and flavourful filling.
Philippine cuisine may seem too far when it comes to pies which is more common in other countries but due to different cultural influences, this culinary part is hard to miss. One of the most common pies we have is the buko pie.
A Filipinised version of a definitely foreign dish, buko pie is filled using one of the most common ingredients in Philippine cooking – coconut. Due to its abundance, every part of the coconut tree is utilised which paved the way of its declared as the Philippine National Tree before it was replaced by the Narra tree.
Same in cooking, coconut from its milk to its flesh, it is one of the most ingredients. And in the world of sweet pies, buko pie represents the Philippines. Buko specifically refers to the younger type of coconut which yields to soft meat. Like other pies, buko pie is completely enclosed in a dough crust with a filling composed of buko and milk.
The province of Laguna is famous for their buko pie as this scenic place of numerous lakes is also home to vast plantations. Using young and sweet coconut meat and cooked in the traditional way using the pugon ( local improvised oven using charcoal, logs or dried coconut shells as fuel), its flavour is very distinct. The sweetness is balanced with dough that even those who are not into sweet like men, can’t help but to bite into this sweet, milky dessert.
More and more variations to the classic buko pie are made. The most common is the buko pandan pie. Pandan is a grass-like plant that is famous for its fragrance. With this mixture, the pie is not just sweet but has that inviting smell. Some special buko pies use macapuno, a relative of the coconut but with sweeter and softer meat which is perfect for desserts like buko pie.
One of the most well-loved Filipino desserts and thanks to the latest technology in storing food, Filipinos all over the world can now taste buko pie. Pair it with hot coffee or tea or even a cold drink, buko pie will tease your taste.