Time was when we had to go all the way to Laguna to buy a decent buko (coconut) pie. It used to be one of my childhood’s guilty pleasures, an excuse, really, to go on a road trip with my father. Colette’s, based in San Pablo City in the province of Laguna, was not the original buko pie outlet. The first was D’Original Buko Pie which still sells the best buko pie in Los Baños in Laguna. However, Collete’s was the first to experiment with various versions of buko pie. It introduced macapuno pie (made from a special strain of coconut that is sticky and thick) and ube-macapuno pie (a combination of macapuno and purple yam), among others.
Colette’s now have many outlets, including one along Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City and, our latest discovery, an outlet along Sumulong Highway right here in our hometown of Antipolo.
In the photo, the still warm buko pie we bought from Colette’s last night–tender coconut and custard in an unsweetened flaky crust. Delicious!