chili shake

Chili shake at the Cagsawa Ruins

Buko shake infused with chili pepper for that extra kick

Buko shake infused with chili pepper for that extra kick

Coming to Bicol? The land of Mayon and pili is famous also for its chili loving people and its no wonder that this love for peppers will also find its way to popular comfort food. There’s sili ice cream and in one of the restaurants within the Cagsawa Ruins area, buko shake with chili is offered.

Tender young coconut blended with ice, milk and sugar and infused with a minced chili peppers is enough to make this novelty item a sensation among us, non Bicolanos who trooped to the eatery just to try it. It’s just like any other buko shake but with the added kick once it goes down your throat.

The shake is a bit expensive, at P45 but well, Cagsawa Ruins is a tourist trap and expect it to be overpriced. There are also other flavors: avocado, mango, and guyabano.

Trip made possible by Biggs Diner, Bicol’s well loved themed restaurant. Follow them in Twitter and LIKE them in Facebook.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Mustachio
    July 21, 2013 @ 20:42

    Oh boo, wala ko kakita ani when I was there! I wish you had featured this before ko naka adto hehehe 🙂

  2. estancabigas
    July 21, 2013 @ 20:59

    Just saw this yesterday. The one I’ve tasted before was sili ice cream from colonial 🙂

  3. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    July 22, 2013 @ 22:13

    the Sili icecream was a blast.. I bet this is even more? =)

  4. estancabigas
    July 23, 2013 @ 14:58

    yep, without the oily feeling of sili icecream 🙂

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