Nata de Coco Drink

“Just another way to serve your fruits, with Nata de Coco this time!”

I go supermarket almost every other day, to buy daily groceries and food as well as checking out information on any latest food or food-related products. My girl always tag along, of course. She accompanies me to walk around the supermarket, but seldom demand for anything for herself, especially junk food and snacks. At most, she’ll ask for yogurt drinks which she usually drinks in the morning, beside fresh milk and warm Milo.

We went to NTUC supermarket last Sunday afternoon, as per usual, for some household stuff. While we were walking around, my girl asked if she could get a packet of “jelly in a big packet”. Jelly in big packet? I was mystified. Then, she pointed at the packets. Oh, it’s Nata de Coco! I then recalled that she had a sample tasting of this “jelly” at NTUC during our “supermarket trip” recently. She likes it. I asked her which flavour does she want, Grape, Mango, Lychee…? Original, she voiced joyfully!

Nata de Coco – It might sound unfamiliar when first heard it, but you surely have tasted it before. In cafeteria, dessert store or elsewhere, just could not recall its name at times (smiling). It’s OK even if this is first time you heard about it.

Nata de Coco was originated from Philippines. It is chewy, juicy and slightly translucent, jelly-like coconut water (which has been fermented) in tiny cubes. Nata de Coco is high in dietary fiber. One of the best food/ snack for dieting, health conscious people like you and me, as it contains zero fat and cholesterol as well as low in calories. And, it’s tasty! Even though Nata de Coco is often sweetened, but its calories count only 60kcal per serving of generous portion.

Since my girl likes this food, I’ve made this recipe to go along with it! Use this to impress your guests over the gathering in your house, too. It’s simple, you’ll have a glass of such fancy fruits dessert in no time!

Ingredients
¼ cup of Nata de Coco (Original flavour)
¼ cup of sweetened peach, wedged (from canned fruit)
¼ cup of sweetened lychee (from canned fruit)
¼ cup of fresh strawberry, diced
¼ cup of clear syrup (may get it from the same canned peach or lychee), or honey syrup

Method
1) Get a clean glass, layer peaches, lychee, Nata de Coco and strawberry in the glass, in your desired order (I layered the fruits in contrasting colours manner).

2)Repeat the layering till three quarter-filled.

3) Add in the clear syrup. Serve chilled.

My girl was pleasantly surprise when I served this after our dinner (about 1 hour later) this evening, and told me that she did not expect the Nata de Coco will be served this way (laughing). She finished the whole glass of such fruit mixes all by her own! And I, who expected to share with her for such a big glass, had to make another glass for myself (eye-rolling).

Tips: I chose these few fruits for their colours and the flavour of these fruits are compatible with each other, too.
*Choose the original flavour of Nata de Coco to match with the taste of any fruit.
* Use fresh fruits, if preferred. Just make your own honey syrup instead.
* Just doubled the amount of ingredients if making more than 1 glass.