Sago at Gulaman Recipe - a refreshing summer cooler that goes perfectly with the summer heat in the Philippines. It comes in many different colors and versions, but no matter the difference between the variations are, the drink is still considered as a crowd favorite.
The Philippines is a tropical country, and the only two existing seasons in the area have challenged the creativity of Filipinos when it comes to creating foods and drinks that will perfectly go with the current weather. It is a Filipino’s answer to beating the summer heat, although there is no known account regarding how the drink was specifically discovered.
This is very easy to make. As long as all the ingredients are available, one can do it even at home. The only important ingredients are sago, gelatine, sugar, and water. The sweet beverage also provides health benefits for the body, which may be unusual for something made from huge amounts of sugar.
Sago is the name given by Filipinos to tapioca pearls, they are made from starch and have little nutritional value. The pearls are mostly added to deserts because of their chewiness. Gulaman or agar-agar is simply gelatin, but it is a lot different from gelatin because it is made from seaweed. It contains protein and collagen, plus other health benefits concerning the digestive system.
This is a perfect afternoon drink, especially when consumed together with traditional Filipino meriendas and street food like fish ball and kwek-kwek. The drink is usually sold together with street food because of how sago at gulaman perfectly suits the taste of the food. It is best served during summer, to provide the cooling effect it was meant for.
With it’s sweet taste and soft sago and gulaman, this beverage is well-loved by many Filipinos. By adding crushed ice, it makes sago at gulaman even much better.
Sago At Gulaman Recipe
- 2 pcs gelatin bars
- 2 cups tapioca pearls
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- To Make the Gulaman.
- In a pot over medium heat, boil enough water for the gulaman.
- Add the white sugar. Bring to boil then add the gelatin bars.
- Cook for 10 minutes until the gelatin bars are melted.
- Drain and put it in a flat container or dish. Chill for at least 1 hour or until set.
- Cut it into cubes.
- To Make the Sago:
- Boil water in a pot over medium heat.
- Add the tapioca pearl and cook for 10 minutes or until the tapioca is translucent.
- Drain the water and transfer it in a bowl to cool down.
- To Make the Arnibal:
- Dilute the brown sugar with 1 cup of water.
- Pour the vanilla essence.
- To Make the Drinks:
- Fill the jug or glass with cold water.
- Add the Sago and the Gulaman.
- Pour the arnibal.
- Mix it to combine.
- Serve with ice and beat the heat with this refreshing drink.