Friday, 26 September 2008

Sago Gula Melaka

Sago Gula Melaka

A Malaysian dessert that need no introduction. I finally mastered this and never realised it could be so easy. First, the sago must be cooked in a pot with lots of water. Boil for about 10 mins then cover with a lid for another 10 mins. Drain in a sieve then wash under running tap for a few minutes until sago cooled. This way each sago will turned out separated like shiny pearls.

Here is the recipe proper...

Sago Gula Melaka (Sago Pudding With Palm Sugar Syrup)
(serves 4)

3 litres (12 cups) water
200gm (1 cup) sago pearls
1 cup palm sugar syrup
250ml (1 cup) thick coconut milk

1. Bring water to a boil in a pot. Sprinkle in sago pearls and stir to keep them moving to prevent them from sticking together and settling to the bottom of the pot.

2. Cook for 10 mins. Turn off heat and cover pan. Set aside for 10 mins. By then the sago should be completely translucent, indicating that it's cooked.

3. Pour sago into a strainer and rinse under running water to wash off the excess starch, until the grains are loose and separated. Leave sago in the strainer to strain off the water completely.

4. Spoon sago into 4 rinsed jelly moulds or small dessert glass and chill well.

5. To serve, turn the sago out onto a plate and spoon some coconut milk and palm sugar syrup onto it.

Palm Sugar Syrup

200gm (1 cup) palm sugar (gula melaka), chop roughly
250ml water (1 cup) water
1-2 pandanus leaves, tie into a knot

1. Combine palm sugar with water and pandan leaves in a small pan. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until sugar dissolved for 10 mins or until liquid thickens slightly and is syrupy. Cool.

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  1. this looks good!!! I can taste the santan and gula melaka MMMM yummers unfortunately, I am allergic to sago so I can't ever have this or anything with sago in it! sometimes I feel like killing the bubur people in KL for selling bubur kacang with sago in them because I will definitely get sick from it.
    But this really looks good - i love the shape and colour.
    We're flyign back Monday. Will mail you once the wedding madness is over!

  2. Really easy to prepare :)
    But where to buy raw gula melaka?

  3. That's one beautiful dish...and one of my favourite desserts!! Yummy!!!!

  4. Santan AND gula melaka - heaven!!!!!

  5. oooo.. and the heavens declare.. yea.. it art great.. ! lol.. sago pudding... LOVE IT

  6. Oh gosh! I love the way you used the star mould for it!!! Yum!

  7. I love Sago...that looks really good:)
    Unfortunately for the coconut milk which I can't take...but overall, that really looked great (ignore my intolerance:p)
    *Claps claps*

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  9. I just had this from Melaka Street Restaurant in SS2. Their sago is not bad but it isn't compact though. One of my fave desserts! Your creation looks good!

  10. dessert... hee hee.... hmm seems like a lot of ppl like dessert like we do...

    hmm... let me get Tao Hua (new memeber for Penang Tua Pui) to prepare on for us using ur secrete recipe... hee hee.... see if can compete with her own one...

  11. ouch lisa, how can you be allergic to sago?? LOL kesiannya

    jason, these days can find gula melaka anywhere from mini mart to hypermart

    LL & maya ;-)

    ciki :D

    thanks, daphne & wmw

    christy, you can have this without santan, else replace with evaporated milk

    lucky you penang tua pui!!! can find a member to make for you

  12. i always love the santan + gula melaka combo...and sago! hehe i havent tried making this though...should try try :)

  13. rita, i think you can find the ingredients at yr place. time to whip this dessert up. it should taste quite similar to Indonesian desserts :D hope you'll like it


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