Friday 9 November 2012

Coconut Sago 西米椰子糕

Coconut Sago 西米椰子糕


  A popular kuih sold by Malay vendors at pasar malam (night markets)

I grew up seeing this kuih being sold by Malay vendors at their stalls in the morning markets as well as in the night markets. Yet, I have never bought this kuih as I would buy my favourite varieties time after time out of habit and out of preference.  As such I have not  tasted this sweet confection until I tried making it myself today!

Well, it is tasty, not bad at all.  It is soft and sweet and the coating of grated coconut added a slight crunch to it.



1 cup pearl sago
4 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups grated coconut
a pinch of salt
pink colouring


1.  Put the sugar and water in a pot. Stir over slow heat until the sugar dissolves.
2.  Bring to the boil and add the sago pearl. Stir constantly for 20 to 25 minutes or until the sago is transparent and soft.  Add 2-3 drops of pink colouring and stir well.
3.  Pour sago into a shallow pan and allow to cool and set
4.  Add a pinch of salt to the grated coconut and mix well
5.  When the sago has cooled, cut into the desired shapes and roll each piece into the grated coconut to coat it
6.  Chill in the refrigerator before serving

Note: If the sago is not properly cooked the centre will remain hard. Use a spoon to scoop up some to test.

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