Rose Pandan Coconut Sago. Vegan, dairy-free, light and refreshing! One of my favourite and easiest Asian desserts. It only calls for 5-ingredients and 20 minutes.
The combination of the pandan with the rose flavours and the chewy sago make this one of my favourite desserts in Asian cuisine! In Asia, you will see many variations of it with different shapes and sizes of chewy sago!
This dessert is really easy to make. You are literally boiling the tapioca in one pot, colouring them with the respective ingredients and in another pot boiling coconut beverage or coconut light milk.
My Pandan Rose Coconut Sago is the perfect dessert to impress guests thanks to the beautiful layers you can create! Or you don’t have to get too fancy and just throw it all into the same bowl, mix it up and serve.
This version is also naturally sweetened with maple syrup not Chinese Rock Sugar but hey, go for it if that’s what you have in your pantry!
what is tapioca?
Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root. It consists of almost pure carbs and contains very little protein, fiber, or nutrients. Tapioca has become popular recently as a gluten-free alternative to wheat and other grains [Source: Healthline].
It’s commonly used in Asian desserts and it possesses a wonderful soft chewy texture. They are also sooo cute!
where i can buy tapioca pearls?
You can usually source it at most Asian grocers in the dessert aisle. The one you want to look for are the tiny ones not the big brown ones. You can also purchase it online.
On a personal note
With everything going on regarding COVID-19, I’m learning to be positive during this time and be grateful for the things we have. Such as our health, family and friends, food, shelter, water, warmth, and extra time saved from commuting.
It’s easy to get caught up in everything that is negative with the world but what good does that do for the heart or mind? I do believe in staying informed with the news so that we can do our parts as citizens to flatten the pandemic curve but there’s got to be a balance in how much news we consume.
If we follow the recommendations of washing our hands for more than 20 seconds, practice social distancing, eating healthy, keeping hydrated and getting sleep, we will get through this challenging time.
Yes a lot of us are going stir-crazy from being stuck inside but you can take a walk outside, just make sure you’re 2-3 metres apart from others. And let’s not forget, we are able to work from home! It’s a luxury! So if you are bored, take a walk outdoors and observe nature. It does so much for the mind and body.
Well I hope you give this Rose Pandan Coconut Sago a try! It always excites me when you guys make my recipes and I hope this is one you try.
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Rose Pandan Coconut Sago
- 1/3 cup small pearl tapioca
- 1/2 tsp Pandan extract
- 1 tsp rose syrup
- 2 cups coconut beverage
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Boil tapioca for 20 minutes until soft and translucent. Strain and rinse under cold water. Then submerge it in water to keep it from drying out.
- In another pot, boil 2 cups of coconut beverage along with maple syrup. Bring to a boil and remove off heat. Allow this to cool in the refrigerator.
- Divide tapioca into 3 portions. Add Pandan extract to one portion and mix. Add rose syrup to the second portion and mix. Leave the last portion as is.
- Add some coconut milk to each portion to loosen the tapioca and stir to combine.
- When ready to serve, spoon a portion of each pudding into a bowl and enjoy with fresh fruit.