Sweet Wheat Porridge / Bubur Gandum

March 18, 2016
 Bubur Gandum

Sweet Wheat Porridge or Bubur gandum is something that I miss from home....
Ironic... living in a country where wheat is one of the staples, yet I can't find polished wheat pearls in our local grocer.

I once, jumped with joy... thinking that I finally get to eat this childhood sweet treat, when I saw a packet labelled "Job's tear" (if I am not mistaken...) and there was 'Wheat' written somewhere on the packaging, at our local Asian grocer,

With failing eyesight, furthermore, its more than 12 years that I haven't seen wheat grain up close... thinking Job's tear could deliver... how wrong was I?
It turnout that Job's tear was just Barley :(.

It was months later that I found the 'real deal' :P from another Asian grocer, south of the river.

Sweet Wheat Porridge/ Bubur Gandum

Bubur gandum/ Sweet wheat porridge is one of many Malaysians favourite afternoon delites. Its thick, its sweet and creamy.... and its addictive :P.

My husband and I, grew up with this kind of dessert, we savoured every spoonful, whereby the kids... were like... 'meh'
its ok ... more for us ;p

Sweet Wheat Porridge/ Bubur Gandum

Bubur Gandum / Sweet Wheat Porridge


    200g wheat pearls
    150 g sugar
    250ml coconut cream
    1 litre water
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 pandan leaves knotted 

  1. Wash wheat pearls 3 times and soak for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. 
  2. In a medium size pot, bring water and knotted pandan leaves to boil. 
  3. Add wheat pearls, bring to boil for 5 minutes and lower heat to a simmer for 30 minutes, or until wheat pearls are soft. 
  4. Add coconut cream/ milk, sugar and salt. 
  5. Bring to a quick boil. 
  6. Remove from heat. 
  7. Serve warm.


  1. Ooh I love this too. Looks yummy

    1. soon you’ll be able to enjoy Malaysian food :D

  2. Hi, thanks for sharing this recipe. I have been longing to cook and eat this but have no idea what it is called. May I know how the wheat pearls packaging or grains look like? I also got very confused when I tried searching for it as it looks like barley grains. So I'm not sure. Thanks in advance

  3. I am interested to know how the wheat pearls looks like too. I have never come across it before. Tq.
    Roseline Tchee

    1. Lisa, I try to Email but unable to do so. Is this your Email address: mykeuken{at}hotmail{dot}com? Sorry if I get it wrong. Plse assist, thank you so much.

    2. Hi Rose,
      That is the correct email add. I’ll try to upload the photos on this page soon.

    3. Hi Rose,
      Photo uploaded after recipe :D

    4. Thank you so much Lisa, will try to look for it.

  4. Hi Lisa, is this desert called bubur terigu too?

    1. Its the same... just that northern Malaysians (from Perlis, Kedah and Penang) called it bubur gandum :D


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