Each time I make pandan extract, I am left with pandan leaf pulp, which is actually still very flavorful. Throwing them away seems like a major waste, so I use it to make home made coco pandan syrup. The store bought version always has red color, but when I go through the ingredient lists, the color actually comes red food coloring (gasp!), so I don’t bother adding any artificial coloring and leave my syrup all natural. The home made version will has a slight tinge of green from the pandan leaf, but this is totally okay and safe to be consumed. ♥
So, what is coco pandan syrup good for? Well, I love using this to sweeten my tea. Trust me, it is going to be so heavenly. Or if you are making es campur and cannot locate instant coco pandan syrup, you can use this instead. Note that your es campur will not have red color, though I think it is totally fine given now you know where that red color comes from 🙂
- 250 ml coconut water (Indonesian: air kelapa muda)
- 125 gram sugar
- 4 tablespoon pandan leaf pulp (or 5 pandan leaves) (*)
- Place all ingredients in a sauce pot and bring to a boil. Keep cooking until the liquid has thickened slightly. You can control how thick or thin you want your syrup to be.
- Turn off heat, and strain into clean jar(s). Let it cool to room temperature, then store in the fridge and consumed within 1 month.