Recipe: Es teler - Iced mixed fruit drink

Es teler is a very simple refreshing drink to make, as long as you have an Asian grocery nearby. Westerners like this as dessert.

Serves: 6 - 8
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: - minutes
Ready in: 30 minutes


Most of the ingredients to making Es teler are found in the canned fruit aisle. These include:

  • two cans of jackfruit
  • a can of young coconut meat
  • a jar of coconut gel cubes
  • a can of attap (nipah palm) fruit.
  • a couple of fresh avocados
  • some crushed ice
  • some condensed milk (more on that later)


Jackfruit, coconut meat, coconut gel cubes and attap fruit


Step 1: Drain the cans of jackfruit and cut the fruit into strips about ½ cm (¼ inch) in width. Add the jackfruit strips to a large bowl.


Step 2: Drain the can of young coconut meat (reserving the syrup) and cut the coconut into thin strips of ½ cm (¼ inch) in width. Add the coconut strips to the bowl with the jackfruit. Add the reserved coconut syrup to the bowl as well.



Step 3: Open the can of attap fruit and add the fruit plus half the syrup to the bowl with the jackfruit and coconut strips.



Step 4: Drain the jar of coconut gel and add the gel cubes to the bowl with the other ingredients.



Step 5: Halve the avocados, remove the pits, and cut them into a 1 cm (½ inch) dice. Scoop out the diced avocadoes into the bowl with the other fruit.



Step 6: Gently mix everything to combine.



Cool and Sweet

Step 7: At this point, you have a big bowl of room temperature fruit - not too appetizing, especially on a hot day. Add several cups of crushed ice to the bowl to cool things down a bit.


Step 8: The ice will dilute the sweetness of the fruit. To bring some of that sweetness quotient back to the es teler, add 5 to 8 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk to the bowl. Start with a little condensed milk, stir it in gently, and taste and add more condensed milk until the es teler reaches your desired sweetness.



Step 9: Ladle out the es teler into individual cups or bowls, making sure each one gets some of everything.

I can't say which individual component I like best about es teler. Each fruit contributes its own unique and pleasant character to the whole dessert. All I know is, we never have any leftovers, but we always have requests for the es teler recipe. So, to all you es teler lovers out there, here you go!

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