When I was a student living overseas, I would occasionally crave for local desserts. At one point, I spent my summer holidays learning how to make nonya kueh with my grandma so I could replicate them back in London. Those were such fun moments.
Well, one of the simpler desserts that I ended up making for friends was sago gula melaka. It only requires three ingredients and no fancy equipment!
To spice it up a little, I always coloured my sago in different colours. For this post, I used Christmas colours and think it would make a nice end to a meal during the festive season. I served this to my friends during the cookie & ornament decorating party that I organised on Tuesday and it went down well.
I couldn't recall the exact recipe that I used during my student days so I googled and used this one. I simplified it a little so here is what I did.
Sago Gula Melaka
serves 10 (small cups as pictured)
- 2 packets of sago
- 1 packet of coconut milk (reduced fat)
- 1 packet of gula melaka
- red and green food colouring (optional)
1. Soak 1 packet of sago in cold water for 5 minutes.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add 2-3 tsp of red food colouring. Add the sago and keep stirring until the sago turns transparent.
3. Scoop the sago into a sieve and rinse under a running tap until it is cool.
4. Drain any excess water and pour it into a bowl. Scoop into tiny cups or a pretty serving dish.
5. Chill the cups (or serving dish) in the fridge.
I then repeated steps 1-4 using green food colouring to make the green sago.
6. Mix the coconut milk (210ml) and approximately 105ml of water in a small pot. Bring to a boil, stirring to prevent curdling. Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator.
7. Mix the gula melaka with water that fills the pan. Bring to a boil and stir occasionally waiting for the gula melaka to completely dissolve. Leave it to cool and serve at room temperature. Add more water if necessary.
8. Before serving, drizzle a little coconut milk and gula melaka. The gula melaka is very sweet (kinda like honey) so add sparingly but according to taste.
9. Enjoy with a group of special friends!
- I made the gula melaka the night before and so I chilled it in the refrigerator overnight. When I wanted to serve it, it had hardened together somewhat. So I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and loosened it with a satay stick.
- If you would like the glass bottles that I used for the coconut milk and gula melaka, you can find them at Sun Lik
. They come with covers that fit perfectly and prevent any spillage in your refrigerator.
It really is such a delightful and simple recipe. Do try it!