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Thursday 16 October 2014

Sago Ruby With Grated Coconut

Do you like sago desserts?  Oh..... there's another name for sago....tapioca pearl.   I remember there was a time when I was in overseas, I asked the shop assistant for sago, and they don't know what I am talking about.  Lucky there was another customer overheard me and told the shop assistant.... "tapioca pearl".   

Sago Ruby With Grated Coconut

150g Sago (washed and drained)
6 tbsp sugar
1 ½ cups water
2 pcs pandan leaves (knotted together)
Few drops of red food colouring

½ piece grated young coconut
1/8 tsp salt


Mix the ingredients B together and steam over medium heat for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, water and pandan leaves together to a boil until sugar dissolves.  Add in sago and red food colouring, stir constantly until parboiled, and turn off heat.

Pour parboiled sago into a preheated 8” round steaming tray.  Steam over low heat for 15 minutes and set aside to cool.  Using your small spoon, scoop out a spoonful of the sago and roll it all over to coat with the grated coconut.  



  1. Yes, Mel I love sago dessert. I like the chewy texture, so nice to eat!

  2. Me too Mel, I love this!
    It is so nice to eat with grated coconut.
    Love it!

  3. Hi Mel, I love sago dessert too! Love your pictures, so sweet in colour :)

  4. Oh I love these sago dessert. They look so beautiful Mel. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love this! You can always tell by the color, how good it's going to be.. that's how we buy this dessert.. it can't be too red or pink.. but too pale, it's all wrong too. Your sweetest pink dessert is perfect, and I don't even have to taste it to tell that it is so yums! ^^

  6. Lovely sago dessert! I love the beautiful colour ;) Great !!!!

  7. Hi Mel, this dessert brings me fond memories. During my secondary school home econs, there was this simple sago recipe just mix the sago with grated coconut and put in small muffin tin and steamed. Reached home, I made few rounds for my late dad as he liked it. Your Sago Ruby With Grated Coconut so lovely sweet colours ^-^!

  8. Me me me, I like sago, esp served with coconut milk, the Thai style, the Malay style & even the HK style, hahaha. These sago ruby looked so eye-catching. Like them covered with the coconut.

  9. oh sungguh menawan kuih sago Mel :D
    sedap :D

  10. if someone mentions tapioca pearls to me, i would hv to pause and think what is that too , i hv forgotten that they are called tapioca pearls :D This is a very delicious kuih!

  11. Looks so good! I like this dessert a lot! I like the other version where you pour palm sugar sauce over it! yum!

  12. ahhhh! yes i love the texture of sago.. and i was wondering where you found such big lovely pearls.. i then saw your kitchen secret! thanks for the recipe Mel Mel

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  14. Hi Mel,
    Oh yes, I love sago kuih! And your kuih looks yummy! Have not eaten this kuih in ages!

  15. This is gorgeous!! I love the presentation!

  16. I never knew that sago and tapioca pearls were one and the same. We actually had to buy imported tapioca pearls to make tapioca dessert. This dessert is new to me. How lovely! I never knew sago could be made this way. Can't buy grated coconut though. Love the setting, Mel!