Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sago Kueh (Kuih Sago)

Just what is sago? It is a type of tapioca starch that cooks to be transparent and chewy. There are many different sizes of sago pearls and the smaller ones are what we are going to use today. The more familiar ones wold be the black pearls that are often found in bubble tea - yet another Asian concoction.

Sago Kueh or Kuih Sago is one of may kinds of nonya kueh, something like a bite-sized dessert snack of the Peranakan tradition, found in parts of southeast Asia. These kueh are often steamed instead of baked, and are sometimes savory.

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)
  • 1/2 cup small sago pearls (tapioca pearls)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon pandan extract [optional]
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • shredded coconut to coat

  • Soak the sago pearls in water for about an hour. They will double in size.
  • Drain the water from the soaked pearls.
  • Mix the pearls with the sugar and pandan extract.
  • Place the mixture in a steamer and steam for 15-20 minutes.
  • After steaming, set aside until cooled.
  • Cut little squares of sago pearl cake and toss it in shredded coconut to coat.
  • Serve.

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