Colette's Buko Pie - The best pasalubong from a vacation
Ringo | On 21, Apr 2012
A whole buko pie from Colette’s
A large percentage of us here have already taken our vacation. If not, are planning for vacation. This prickly heat will always have our desire of going to beach risen.
If you have taken you vacation and enjoyed the fun, I know there was this guilt inside and I’m talking about the people you left behind the smokey, stressful and crowded urban life. Of course, they are expecting something from our trip. Here in the Philippines the take-home-thingy is locally called as “Pasalubong”.
Usually, pasalubong are foods that can be seen only in that town. But, not all those local foods are delicious and fit for long travel; some might spoil. For people coming from the Southeastern part of the Metro Manila, one best pasalubong is the Colette’s Buko Pie.
Packaging, Price and Availability
A larger percentage of Collete’s branches are on the main roads of Laguna, the town where it originated. Usually, the branches of Colette’s are in the places where most of the tourist buses are passing by. So, just ask the bus driver to drop you off to the nearest Colette’s branches in Laguna.
Colette’s Buko Pie comes in a great package
According to the website, there are also branches in Tagaytay, Cavite, Batangas, La Union, Rizal, Cebu and Mandaue.
An order of Buko Pie comes in a red box where you can separate the bottom and the top part. It is big enough not to touch the top of the pie and ruin it. The box is also strong enough to be carried all day.
In Laguna, as of our last purchase, which is about a week ago, the price is P155.00, but becomes a little thinner based on my estimation. I called the Quezon City branch and their price is P175.00. I don’t know why, but I concluded that they are not franchise owners, they are only distributors. Correct me if I’m wrong please.
I can say that the P155 is quite ok for me. Even the P175 is still affordable. Because of the quality, it’s worthy to spend those kinds of amount.
Overall Taste and Conclusion
The crunchy top skin of the pie is quite good. The crust below and on the side are thin compared to other pies out there. The skin and crust compliment the fillings inside.
The fillings inside is very tasty. They are not thrifty with the fillings inside as this one is very thick and flavorful. The coconut flesh is compressed and you can see them layered inside like sardines. I can say that the company carefully chooses the coconuts used in each and every pie they are selling. I never found a buko pie from Colette’s that has hard flesh inside.
Look how much coconut flesh inside a pie
According to one episode of Rated K, about a half kilo of coconut was present in every box of Colette’s Buko pie.
Definitely, this delicacy is a winner for the tourists. I can consume an entire pie in one sitting alone as there were no “umay” factor for me. I have been eating this since I was a kid and until now, I am a very big fan of it.
For those very few people who haven’t tasted Colette’s Buko Pie, you should try this, as you might have missed a part of being a Filipino. For the foreigners, try this when you will take your vacation here in the Philippines. This one will never fail you.
A highly recommended product.