Bukayo (Filipino Coconut Candy)

Bukayo on bread
Try out this popular dish from the Philippines, known as bukayo. It is made using young coconut meat that is shredded and combined with brown sugar and a bit of extra water as needed. Then cooked until soft and the liquid reduced. The resulting coconut candy is typically served with sliced bread.

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April 18, 2019

Bukayo in bowlThey say coconut is the tree of life. The trunk can be made into a house or furniture, the leaves can be made into a roof or broom, the juice can be used as medicinal water, and the meat made into different desserts. Here is one of the most common young coconut meat recipes that we cook and pair with bread, its popular name is "bukayo".


  • 2 cups young coconut meat
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4-6 Tbsp water


  1. Cook coconut meat over medium heat.
  2. coconut meat in pan

  3. Add 1/2 cup sugar and stir until it melts.
  4. sugar added to coconut meat in pan
  5. Add a very small amount of water about 4-6 tablespoons. Not too much because the meat will release its water as it cooks.
  6. water added to coconut & sugar in pan
  7. Continue to stir the mixture as it simmers, and until the water is starting to reduce.
  8. coconut, sugar and water cooking down
  9. Add the remaining sugar, if necessary. Taste the mixture and if you think it's too sweet, then 1/2 cup would just be enough.
  10. stirring ingredients in pan

  11. Cook until it turns very thick.
  12. water reduced in pan
  13. Serve hot or cold. Best paired with bread.
  14. Bukayo on bread
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