Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sago Gula Melaka (Malay style Tapioca pearls)

This sweet treat is so simple with minimal ingredients yet so refreshingly tasty after a heavy meal. Feel free to use Brown sugar instead of the Gula Melaka (which is a palm sugar). The taste of Gula Melaka is quite unique though , if you are able to find it (available at the Chinese grocery stores)  give it a try.
1 1/2 cups of Tapioca pearls (Also known as Sago pearls)
200 grms of Palm sugar (Gula Melaka )
1 can -250 ml of coconut milk
2 tbs of water
Pinch of salt
Enough water to boil sago pearls
  • Boil water in a saucepan , add in tapioca pearls and keep stirring to make sure that they do not stick together. Cook until pearls are translucent
  • Strain and wash away excess starch in cold water
  • Put pearls in individual cups or glasses and allow to set in the fridge
  • Boil coconut milk in a saucepan, stir constantly until thick . Allow to cool and add a pinch of salt
  • In another saucepan , melt the palm sugar with the 2 tbs of water on low heat
  • Once syrupy set aside to cool
  • Remove sago from the fridge- add sugar syrup and coconut milk to each glass
  • Serve cold

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