Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sago Gula Melaka, Pearl Sago Pudding With Palm Sugar Syrup And Coconut Water Granita - "Malaysian Monday 28"

I know it is already Thursday but it is never too late for a Malaysian Monday post right? You should be familiar with this popular dessert if you are a frequent visitor to any Malaysian restaurant, if not this might be a chance for you to try this delicious treat for the first time. This is my version with added soft tender coconut flesh and coconut water granita, I am extremely happy with the result to say the least.
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recipe from the tummies' kitchen
makes 2 serves
you'll need;
1 young coconut
1 cup of pearl sago
pinch of salt
1 tsp of castor sugar

for the coconut milk dressing;
1 packet of instant coconut powder (50g)
200 ml of water
2 pandan leaves (screw pine leaves)
pinch of salt
pinch of castor sugar

for the palm sugar syrup;
450 g of gula Melaka (Malaysian palm sugar)
150 g of white sugar
350 ml of water
2 pandan leaves 

Cut open the young coconut using a sharp knife, reserving the coconut water and remove the tender flesh using an ice cream scope.

To make the coconut water granita - place the bowl with the coconut water in the freezer for 10 minutes and use a folk to break up the ice crystal. Repeat the process 4 to 5 times. Leave granita in the freezer until needed.

Soak peal sago for 5 minutes and drain well. Bring a 1L of water to a boil, lower the heat and slowly pour in the pearl sago, stirring as one pour. Continue to stir until sago turns transparent. Drain and rinse with cold water for a minute or two. Drain well and mix in the salt and sugar. Chill sago with half of the coconut flesh in individual serving bowl until needed.

To prepare the coconut milk dressing - Bring 200 ml of water to a boil with the pandan leaves. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. You should be left with 125 ml of water when it is done. Cool the pandan flavoured water a little before whisking in the coconut powder, salt and sugar. Chill until needed.

To prepare the palm sugar syrup - Bring 350 ml of water to a boil with the pandan leaves, lower heat and add in both type of sugar. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until it turns syrupy. Remove the pandan leaves and allow the syrup to cool.

To serve - Spoon coconut milk dressing and palm sugar syrup over the chilled pearl sago....

Top with some coconut water granita and a little more palm sugar syrup. 

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  1. omg this looks amazing! call me if you make it again before the end of summer, i will drop everything! xx

  2. Wow you managed to turn the humble sago pudding into something very special! Love it!

  3. Marvellous and absolutely tempting pudding..

  4. mmm i like sago gula melaka... adding coconut granita makes it even more refreshing!

  5. Yum! I miss having this when I was in the Philippines. Thanks for posting this!

  6. Oh my...I've not eat this dessert for a very long time. Looks tempting!

  7. Yum yum!
    You never fail to amaze me!Looks and sounds delicious!
    That's something i need to try it out asap.

    B xx

  8. I don't mind having a bowl of this in this hot weather!

  9. This is possibly the most "glamourous" sago pudding I have ever seen :)

  10. That is a wonderful adaptation of my favourite dessert! Very creative!

  11. Adding the young coconut flesh is such a brilliant idea! Great work :)

  12. wow love coconut great dessert :-)

    can't wait to meet the genius cook behind this blog


  13. Looks so good! So much better than the ones I had!

  14. O' that's perfect for my kittyparty. I can make a large qantity, store & enjoy 4 long !!!

  15. so many steps but worth all the effort. This is my daughters fav msain dessert.


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