With Thanksgiving coming in one more week, Asian families all over the U.S. will be gathering together to celebrate what is a traditional American holiday. We’re interested in learning and helping Asian families with creating an Asian Thanksgiving. We know that some Asian American families not only prepare the turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, but also prepare traditional Asian cuisine, because as we all know, culture is a significant part of Asian identity here in the U.S., and brings a sense of pride and uniqueness.
Thanksgiving is an American tradition and I want to keep it that way. I wish I had a bucket full of memories to share, like grandma's recipes to make during this holiday. But unfortunately, I don't. For over ten years I've lived here in the US, I could count only a few times that I have actually prepared a whole Thanksgiving spread. Luckily, American families always invite my family to partake in their tradition. And so when I accept, I always bring a dessert. Yes, dessert because as I've said I want to keep their tradition of turkey, pumpkin pie, and mashed potatoes. Well at least with dessert, I can add more variety of delicious desserts for my hosts to try.
This dessert may look so simple, but believe me, each bite is delightful. After all, Thanksgiving is not about a fancy spread. It's about enjoying your time preparing food with your family; it's about being grateful for all the blessings you've received. Happy Thanksgiving!
Buko Fruit Salad
|Kaong and Nata de coco|
Buko Fruit Salad is an iconic dessert in every Filipino holiday. You could find this in fiestas, birthdays and holiday celebrations. I also want to bring it to the Thanksgiving table, while keeping the "American" stamp on it with the turkey and sides. Buko Salad (young coconut) dessert adds an authentic Filipino touch for a Thanksgiving celebration.
2 large cans of Fruit Salad
1 small can of cream (use Nestle cream)
3/4 can condensed milk
3 tbsp cream cheese
1 cup kaong (sugar palm)
1 cup nata de coco (coconut gel)
1 pc. young coconut (shredded) you could also use the shell for serving
Drain the fruit salad, kaong and nata de coco.
Mix the condensed milk, cream and cream cheese (yep cream cheese is the key ingredient here) altogether. Toss the fruits, kaong and nata de coco. Let it chill... and voila, you're done!
Oh by the way, aside from this post, APartnership has also invited me to host a 30 minutes Twitter chat on Tuesday at 3 pm EST. Follow the hashtag #asiantgiving. I hope you could join me @malou_nievera.