Nata de Coco

Nata de coco - I love nata
@mimiang (3777)
Philippines
October 13, 2009 10:53pm CST
when I was in college, there were lots of people who made nata de coco for export abroad.the reason was that the nata de coco was believed to have the ability to clean the colon. Now, that business wane.Nevertheless, I love the nata de coco.It is what I look for in any fruit salads or the halohalo.
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@online_jon (1478)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Hi mimiang good day to you. I agree to you that Nata de coco was really good because like what you said, nowadays this food exported to other country especially abroad. Many people like this because of it's delicious taste together it's physical apperance. As I remember whenever my mother is making ''Salad''. She always use salad together with many kinds of fruit and the taste of our salad became really good. Then many taster of our ''Salad'' tell that it's really good to their tounge. In addition, did you know that making Nata de coco was really hard? Because you must restore it in a container with water and you must change the water everyday. To avoid the bad smell of it. As i remember when the time that my mother is making this kind of food, she really exert great effort everyday to make the taste of it good. Well, that's all the end of my response here in this discussion. By the way, did you try the cheap cost of Nata de coco in some street with the amount of two pesos? I always buy it when I'm young.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
I also like nata de coco. I love eating it in salad or halo-halo. I don't know if really good in colon but I never heard it before. My mother always buy flavored nata de coco before it taste good too.
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
agv0419 so we have the same taste when the food is Nata de Coco. By the way, sometimes other flavored Nata de Coco are just artificial and color are not same as it's taste. I do not know why other people do those things, even though they know that it's more good if it's the natural one.
@dodyast3 (1518)
• Indonesia
14 Oct 09
If I am not mistaken, Nata de coco is made from a bacteria and place them into water for a few hours or so. I can't remember exactly, but the process of making the nata de coco has been questioned for the cleanliness and the understanding on the maker about the process. I think that's why the export is going down.
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Hello dodyasty3, as i read your response here in this discussion. You said that it's some kind of bacteria, which I do not agree because as i know it's only a fluid of chemical solution use to mix with coconut liquid, which react after a couple of minute or hour, or even a day. Well, that's only my own based opinion! Good day to you dodyasty3! Happy posting and enjoy mylot.
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
15 Oct 09
thanks online jon for the answeres.perhaps dodyast is pertaining to fermentation process but I have no idea about how it is done or what it is all about
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
LOL! I love it also, and whenever I eat fruit salad or halo halo, I save them for last.. hahahaha. My boyfriend on the other hand hates it, so I get all the nata de coco for myself.. Sometimes, I even do jell-o with nata de coco.. I just love it so much.
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Haha, I see that you really like it. By the way, you can also choose other flavor of nata de coco and i'm sure the taste of it is more good than the flane one.
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
I have seen those nata de coco with flavors, though I have never tried it.. Maybe next month when I do grocery, I'll take the one with a flavor. hehehe.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
Yes there was a time when the export of nata de coco boomed, unfortunately it lost it's momentum and the business eventually gave up the ghost. I have heard that one main reason was some of our exports were found to be contaminated and were sent back. This affected the exports and many companies folded tables. Nevertheless, it is known to be a very healthy food. I like it. have fun
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
thank you manong for your response. I hope that other countries would still give our country a chance for doing such business.Filipinos are very good in food production.I guess that has gave lessons already
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@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
I remember buying one big plastic bag of Nata de Coco in college because I saw many supplies in the grocery and they are selling it for a cheaper price, but right now I seldom see nata de coco in a plastic bag and it seems some supermarkets did not sell nata de coco in abundant supply anymore. Nata de coco is a sweet ingredient of any salad and it taste good if it will mixed with Buko Salad.
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
It is my favorite ingredient of buko salad
@Shahrus (68)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
I love nata de coco! It's not only healthy, but has some interesting technology (for microchips and acoustic plates) and medical applications (for burn victims), as well. Sadly, though a Filipino invention, Indonesia is now the leading producer, followed by Thailand and Malaysia. Since it's largely a cottage industry, the cost of the coconut concentrates and sugar required to make it, caused very low profit margins for producers. Various associations petitioned the Philippine government for subsidies, which unfortunately were not granted, causing many to close. The governments of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia did not make the same mistake. Of the nata de coco produced worldwide, the Philippines produces barely 1% of those exported. What is produced locally, is consumed largely by the local market. Even sadder is that the grade A nata is difficult to produce, dependent as it is on the coconut harvest, as well as weather conditions. Monitoring such is difficult for a cottage industry to maintain. The few who do produce the grade A export it mainly to Japan and Europe. What is available locally are the inferior grades B through D, the latter being candied. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand produce only grades B through C, though the Malaysian and Thai governments hope to change that, in effect, completely destroying the Philippines' only edge, minor though it is. The economic advantages nata de coco could have brought the Philippines as an export product, is apparently destined to go the way of the fluorescent light bulb. Pity.
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
15 Oct 09
Thanks for this info.It is really a pity.There are really a lot of neglected good things in our country because the priority of many is their rise in their career.
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
I like nata de coco but I prefer kaong.. the nata de coco tastes good but there is the wierd feeling when you bite it. :-)
• Philippines
14 Oct 09
I also like Kaong and you know what? We have a great number of stock here in our refregirator and sometimes we just simply eat it like a snack when watchimg television. But if I will be given a chance to chose if what food i like the most, I will go for Nata de coco because of it's weird feeling when you bite it.
@rsa101 (13336)
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
Yes I remember that too long time ago. I never really learned to appreciate to eat it when I was young. It was some kind of rubbery feeling that is really hard to chew on. But nevertheless, I can tolerate eating it with Fruit Salads before. Now I am still not very fond of eating it but I can eat it when its mixed with salads or even the famous Zagu drink.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
16 Oct 09
I remember buying one big plastic bag of Nata de Coco in college because I saw many supplies in the grocery and they are selling it for a cheaper price, but right now I seldom see nata de coco in a plastic bag and it seems some supermarkets did not sell nata de coco in abundant supply anymore. Nata de coco is a sweet ingredient of any salad and it taste good if it will mixed with Buko Salad.