June 20, 2009


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Guinomis, also spelled with a U, guinumis is a Filipino dessert or snack similar to Halo-Halo. It has diced sweet gelatin, tapioca pearls, puffed pinipig (pounded young glutinous rice), sweetened with raw sugar and pandan syrup, and topped with shaved ice and coconut milk. You will love the different textures of chewy sago and gelatin, crunchy pinipig, creamy coconut milk, and cool mouth feel of the shaved ice. Perfect for summer and sooo yummy.

Guinomis (adapted from KULINARYA guidebook)
diced cooked red agar or gelatin, flavored with lemon extract
cooked sago (large tapioca pearls)
puffed pinipig
2 cups water
3 pandan leaves
2 pieces panocha (or 1½ cups muscovado or raw sugar)
thin coconut milk
shaved ice
  • Prepare the syrup: Boil the pandan leaves, water, and panocha or sugar. Simmer, uncovered, and stir until sugar has dissolved completely. Reduce until syrupy. Let cool. Discard pandan and transfer syrup into a serving container or bottle.
  • Assemble the guinomis: Layer 3 tablespoons each: sago pearls, gulaman, pinipig. Drizzle syrup to taste, top with shaved ice, pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut milk. Enjoy!

panocha and gur

Philippine panocha is available at Filipino and Asian groceries. Gur, the Pakistani and Indian raw sugar lumps are available in the international food section of most groceries (at least in my area). Dark muscovado sugar and raw sugar are also available in many groceries usually at the baking/flour/sugar aisle. You can use regular dark brown sugar but the flavor won't be as good as the panocha.


ces said...

sarap nyan! tho the guinumis i learned to love is green and only has fresh pinipig:)

iska said...

your photos capture it in 3 words.... YUM and refreshing!

caninecologne said...

hi there!
this is the second time i've seen this word. the first time was just yesterday while eating at Kuya's Asian Cuisine in San Bruno (we are currently on vacay in the S.F. area).It was spelled as Ginumis and I was wondering what it was. I ended up getting a dessert that consisted of a generous scoop of ube haleya topped with a scoop of coconut ice cream...

there are tons of Filipino places over here and they are nice sit down places, not those crappy point point joints.

What's Cookin Chicago said...

My husband and I love this! Ah.. you've brought back some great memories!!

Oggi said...

Ces, I'll try the fresh pinipig if I find it at the grocery.:)

Iska, it is yummy.:)

R, enjoy your vacation and do try the ginumis. I agree, most turo-turo are not very good. I'm still searching for a good sit-down Pinoy resto:)

Joelen, this is the first time I tried it and I really love it. It's lighter than halo-halo and just as refreshing and delicious.:)

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