Samalamig and Gulaman

Samalamig with Gulaman

Samalamig is the term used by Filipinos that refers to thirst-quenching juices. During the months of a hot and humid summer, these delicious treats are sold by the street vendors where passersby can easily purchase and enjoy them. These refreshing drinks come in a variety of flavors such as shredded coconut juice flavored with pandan, cantaloupe juice, and brown sugar syrup with sago pearls. The flavor that we are making today is brown sugar syrup with gulaman, or agar agar.

This is a very simple drink with only a few ingredients and is very easy to make. You may adjust and tone down the sweetness if you prefer by just adding more ice in your glass. I hope you enjoy this treat and thank you so much for reading.

Samalamig and Gulaman
For the Syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • crushed ice
For the Agar Agar
  • 1 stick agar agar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2¾ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Making the Syrup
  1. In a pot, combine 4 cups water, brown sugar and then bring to boil over medium heat.
  2. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add vanilla extract
  4. Remove pot from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Making the Agar Agar
  1. Add water in a pot.
  2. Add agar agar stick and let soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Place pot over medium heat.
  4. Add sugar, stir, and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Transfer in a flat pan and let it cool until it hardens.
  7. Cut into small squares.
Assembling the Samalamig
  1. Add agar agar cubes up to ¼ of a glass.
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice.
  3. Add the syrup and then stir.
  4. ENJOY!

Your comment is always appreciated.




    • says

      No I didn’t add anything to the drink. The agar agar stick was red right off the package and the drink was brownish color because of the brown sugar. I guess it’s the combination of the two colors plus the reflection of the natural lights hitting the glass. Thank you for the compliment, Karen. :)

  1. says

    Try saying Samalamig and Gulaman 5 times in a row fast! Maybe easy for you, but a tongue twister for me. Looks like awfully good stuff, though. New to me, but something I should try. Thanks.

  2. says

    Ray, I already feel refreshed only looking at your photograph! Cubes of jelly in a glass filled with ice is a completely new drink concept for me, but I love it. I am a regular agar user, but I have never used the coloured sticks (though I see them here in Asian shops). You have obtained such a gorgeous red colour!

    • says

      I always use the colorless or white in the past and this is the first time I’ve used colored agar. I see them in red, and yellow as well. Thank you for the compliment, Sissi. :)

  3. says

    Well this is VERY different! I’ve never seen a drink like this much less had one. It sounds extremely tasty Ray! I have some agar agar powder, but I’ve never seen agar agar sticks. I wonder if I can make the sticks from the powder. Looks like I have some research to do. Love this Ray! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

    • says

      Chew while drinking – that is the best part and the Filipino way. On this shot, I used my old Canon T2i with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Thank you for your interest and thank you for visiting, Renalyn. :)

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