Sago and Brown Sugar Syrup

August 17, 2011

Time flies and another week just flew out of the window... and soon Eid Celebration will be at our door steps...
I have to start my cookies baking soon...

If one were to visit some hotels in Malaysia for their Ramadan (Fasting Month) Buffet Spread... one of the desserts that you are likely to find is Sago Pearls served with dark brown sugar syrup and coconut milk...

And that was where D had his first taste of this gorgeous dessert and has not forgotten about it eversince... it was like ~  love at first taste for him...

With a packet of sago in hand... I asked him... and knowing what his answer would be ...
"Which would you prefer: Kuih Sago or Sago with dark brown sugar syrup and coconut milk...?"

Without a second to waste...I got his reply...

Sago and Brown Sugar Syrup

Enjoy this dessert either as it is or chilled for a couple of hours in the fridge.
Like D, you will craving for more .

Sago and Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe (serve 4-6)

2 liter of water
200g sago pearls
2 pandan leaves ~ tie into a knot
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup of water
1 can of coconut milk
  1. Place dark brown sugar, knotted pandan leaves and 1/4 cup of water in a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a quick boil then lower the heat.
  3. Leave it to simmer for about 10 minutes
  4. Set aside.
  5. Bring 2 liter of water to boil. Add sago pearls into the boiling water.
  6. Stir continously... so it will not clump together.
  7. Cook until all the pearls become transparent.
  8. Drain off the starch and rinse under cold water a few times.
  9. Spoon into glass or bowl.
  10. To serve, add dark brown sugar syrup and coconut milk.


  1. Sagu pudding.... another addiction yum yum. I can eat this thru out the day when I make this.LOL

  2. Lovely recipes accompanied with outstanding pictures !!!

  3. How do u manage to click such beautiful flawless clicks :) The dessert looks awesome ..... delisssh n slurrrrp :)

  4. Mmmmm, i love this! it's even better with gula melaka!

  5. A delightful dessert! I love sago.



  6. I have heard of this treat a lot and have seen in some blogs too! I enjoy tapioca pearls in savory version more but this looks so tempting!

  7. Amelia
    Our all time favourite... :D

    Thank you :D


    Sure is... :)


    I have yet to try the savoury version... that would be interesting ..:)

  8. I love sagu gula melaka. Nak buat lah kejap lagi. Hari tu buat lopes so ada lebih lagi syrup gula melaka n 2 hari lepas buat rendang 'low-fat' so sekotak santan yg dah buka pun masih ada dlm fridge. Dessert yg paling sedap n rasa yang paling sedap.

  9. SOOOOOOOOOO pretty! I love sago and coconut milk. I never thought IKEA spoons can be this pretty! =P

  10. Flower
    I pun ada extra syrup gula... and lepas ni I pula nak buat Lopis ... hehehe..

    Hahaha.... you have a 'Sharp' eye, my dear... :D

  11. it's been a long time since i last had this..also at the hotels. Love the creaminess of the santan. You celebrating hari raya? i think for the next 2 weeks, you're going to bake like crazy!

  12. Such a simple yet luscious dessert :)

  13. These puddings are my husband's absolute favourite. Last time I made a batch I found him in the middle of the night, eating it straight out of the bowl from the fridge. Thank you for reminding me! nb, your photos are absolutely stunning.

  14. This looks soo delicious. I can only imagine with sago, coconut milk and brown sugar! awesome pics!

  15. lena
    We celebrate Raya and CNY...
    Hehehe... I'll be covered in flour, margarine and sugar... :)

    Thank you :D

    :D... its addictive...

    Thank you :D

  16. Look amazing, I love sago pearls! gloria

  17. This one looks so yummy and easy to make...can't wait to taste it!

  18. One of my favorite desserts, quick, easy, and delicious! :)

  19. I love sago & make a kheer with it but your version with coconut milk & brown sugar is making me drool..trying this the clarity in your pictures!

  20. Gloria
    Thanks :D

    Happy tasting :)


    I must look up other dessert or savoury sago... kheer sounds intriguing... :D

  21. I still have some sago in the pantry that I bought quite some time ago. Better use them before too late. Thank you, Lisa, for this simple and delicious dessert.

  22. Sago with Gula Melaka, I love this dessert.

  23. I love sago, but somehow could not make it right! No one taught me No. 6 ;-). Thank you for the instructions.

    Gorgeous photos as always!

  24. Angie

    I love the sweet and creamy taste :)

    Thx Anna... I thought of omitting no 6 earlier... but thank god I didn't ;P

  25. Lisa, ni memang favourite I... boleh makan one after another !