One of the all-time Filipinos’ favorite desserts is macaroni salad. No matter what the occasion is; may it be a birthday, anniversary, graduation, yuletide, or any other gathering. Ask any of your Filipino friends, the macaroni salad Filipino dessert is one of the top-picks to serve on the buffet table.

In most western countries, macaroni pasta is usually served as an appetizer or a main dish. As an appetizer, it is normally mixed with freshly-chopped vegetables and cooked meats. While as a main dish, no one will ever go wrong with mac and cheese. There is absolutely no scarcity of ideas on how to make a great macaroni recipe.

Western Macaroni Salad vs. Filipino Style Macaroni Salad by belgianfilipinolovers.be
Western Macaroni Salad vs. Filipino Style Macaroni Salad by belgianfilipinolovers.be

What is the Macaroni Salad Filipino Style?

Unlike the macaroni prepared in other countries that usually taste more like sour or salty, the Filipino style macaroni is sweet. Thus, making it perfect for those who always crave for sugary taste. Since no one in the world makes the best macaroni dessert other than Filipinos, it has become a popular must-taste dessert for foreigners.

A lot of times, people from other countries most especially westerners don’t really like the sweet macaroni at a first try. However, that is normal as they are used to having them in the form of a salad or a main course. But as often as they get invited to Filipino gatherings, they get a hang of eating the sweetened elbow pasta that they even ask for more.

What are the ingredients for Macaroni Salad Filipino Dessert?

The most wonderful thing about preparing the macaroni salad Filipino dessert is the availability of ingredients. Normally, a Filipino living abroad can easily make this recipe without having to buy the ingredients at a Filipino or Asian store. With the absence of one or two minor ingredients, your macaroni will still stand out and taste delicious.

In the Philippines, macaroni salad Filipino dessert is extremely popular in local or provincial areas. It is served most of the time during fiestas or local festivities. In fact, each region has its own way of making the recipe. The macaroni of the Philippines is very similar to the fruit salad as it hugely depends on the availability of the fruit ingredients in the region.

Ingredients

  • 250 g elbow macaroni
  • 850 ml can fruit cocktail 
  • 340 g can pineapple chunks
  • 3/4 cup dark raisins
  • 340 g can kaong
  • 340 g can nata de coco
  • 1/2 cup cubed cheddar cheese 
  • 305 ml can condensed milk 
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 cups of water for cooking the macaroni
Ingredients for Macaroni Salad Filipino Dessert by belgianfilipinolovers.be

Instructions on how to make a macaroni salad Filipino dessert

  • Combine condensed milk and mayonnaise in a bowl very well. Chill the mixture and proceed to the next steps.
  • Cook the macaroni in boiling water. Follow the instructions on the packaging. Drain the water and place the macaroni in a large bowl.
  • Take the mixture of condensed milk and mayonnaise from the fridge. Mix and toss all the remaining ingredients very well with the condensed and mayonnaise mixture.
  • Best served the following day when it is chilled and the sauce is perfectly sticky.

Tips on how to make the best macaroni salad Filipino dessert

  1. Do not overcook your elbow macaroni pasta. Follow the instructions on the packaging. Then drain the water right away as soon as the pasta is cooked al dente.
  2. Drain all the ingredients with syrup including the fruit cocktail, pineapple chunks, kaong, and nata de coco carefully. The reason for doing so is to avoid having a watery salad.
  3. Finally, chill the dessert overnight to rest all the mixture before serving.

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