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Sago Gula Melaka (Pudding)

Nothing like our Malaysian desserts, wouldn't you agree? I don't know about you, neither I want to assume, I definitely am all for our Malaysian desserts. My Malaysia sweet pleasures. Of course, every now and then there is the call for Western pride sweetness (Lemon Buttermilk Cake), undeniably, but I will still stand strong, by our Malaysian desserts (Coconut Panna Cotta, Grapefruit Coconut Jelly, Dragon Fruit Coconut Jelly, Pandan Milk Jelly). Here's to the other. The other our Malaysian sweet melting moment. Easy-preasy simplicity, a couple of our affordable of course our local ingredients and anyone for the matter I believe won't struggle in putting together this Sago Gula Melaka. My version indeed, as usual, you can go ahead and replace lychee for another fresh fruit or a combination of fruits as per your liking and all the needed ingredients for Sago Gula Melaka are sago, coconut milk, palm sugar and pandan leaves. Pow!!

White sago (about 150g)
Thick coconut milk - just lightly heat through, cool down and chill or room temperature will okay as well
1 piece (about 200g) palm sugar - simmer with some water for a thick syrup
4-5 pandan leaves
Soak sago for 1 hour and rinse a couple of times.
Just run through gently under water without breaking sago.
Keep aside.
Simmer water
Add sago and pandan leaves.
Stir in between and as soon as the sago becomes translucent/clear, drain off water and rinse sago under cold water to cool down. way the water.
Rinse under cold/running water to cool down.
Press sago into one big mold or smaller molds/pudding cups.
Cool down and place in the fridge. 
To serve, gently slide sago on a serving bowl/cup.
Drizzle milk and palm sugar over. 
Top up with fruits. 


  1. This is one of my favourite dessert :) I almost forget how easy it is to make :)

  2. I love palm sugar,I use them so often,this is sound really good desert for me,nava tahnk for a get well wishes,i feel so much better now :)

  3. Love your food presentations. Love the taste of the gula melaka too...

  4. The food presentation looks great and the sago pudding sounds yummy!!!

  5. I have another dessert in my mind which needs Pandan leaves so I should certainly look for these. I have sago pearls but never used for anything I don't know why I even bought it. Can I use sugar for trying?

  6. Wow, this is beautiful! I'm not sure we have sago available, but I'm sure I could make a yummy pudding with coconut milk and another thickener :)

  7. Hi Nava, oohhh.... this is my top favorite. I could eat this all day without eating rice.LOL
    Lovely presentation.

  8. Thank you for all the comments everyone and appreciate it very much.

  9. I ve never tasted or even seen anything like this! Sounds delicious!

  10. I haven't tried palm sugar and I am not sure if it circulates in the Greek market. I hope I will find it in the market so I can try it! The pudding looks delicious!

  11. I have never tried the palm sugar but it is probably much healthier than the processed sugar we have here. Any type of pudding that is made with coconut milk does get my vote. I am always just freezing it and eating it frozen, so I am sure I would enjoy this pudding.

  12. This sounds so interesting! I recently discovered palm sugar, and liked it a lot. The pudding sounds perfect, if i can find sago, I will have to try this.

  13. Those photos are just spectacular--wish I could find the authentic ingredients to make it.

  14. oh I have never tried this before looks sweet and yummy..thank you for always giving us new ideas passing by ;)

  15. we make a similar pudding deliciously done looks wonderful

  16. Hi Nava, Holy Smoke! I really love this! Have not eating it forgot when.
    And yours looks so sinfully delicious, forget mother's name one spoon in mouth, ha ha.
    I love to eat cold....

    I remember long ago a Nyonya lady made this for me when I rented a room in her house.
    Your this sago gula Malacca brought back memories.
    Have a nice day, and keep a song in your heart.
    Best regards.

  17. i remember making this during school home science class. The Principal of my school sure lucky. Every evening will sure to have things to eat with his tea coz the teacher will instruct us to send some of our "creation" to him

  18. What a fabulous dessert - looks so decadent but you make it seem like a simple recipe

    Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself

  19. This is one of my fave desserts, Nava! I could eat this everyday. Hahaha!

  20. Thank you to each one of your for your sharing and comments. Appreciate all of it.

  21. wow! Lovely and tasty dessert, Nava!

  22. I absolutely loved this dessert! One of the best desserts from Malaysia.

  23. Never had this before, but I absolutely love the look of this!Gorgeous!Wish I could try some right now :)

  24. I love this dessert! Mmmmm, I can just imagine the taste of that syrup in those tiny sago pearls

  25. I would love to try this sago pudding! but too lazy to make anything ;-p

  26. Sago gula melaka is one of my all time favourite dessert, love the unique way the dessert is presented and also the tips on how to calibrate to the different tastes


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