Gula melaka

Gula melaka

Sago pudding

By
From
The Complete Asian Cookbook
Serves
6-8
Photographer
Alan Benson

‘Gula melaka’ means palm sugar, but it is so integral a part of the recipe that this popular dessert has become known by the same name. Sago pudding takes on a new dimension when prepared this way. Palm sugar is sometimes sold under the name of coconut sugar or coconut preserves — a solid cylinder of concentrated sweetness derived from the sap of coconut or other varieties of palm. If you have a choice of light or dark palm sugar, choose the dark as the colour and flavour is more authentic. If dark palm sugar is difficult to find, substitute an equivalent amount of dark brown sugar and maple syrup — for each 220 g of sugar add 175 g maple syrup.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
390g sago
1 small stick cinnamon, (optional)
330ml coconut milk
pinch salt
250g dark palm sugar, finely chopped
2 pandanus leaves

Method

  1. Put 2–2.5 litres water in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, then slowly pour in the sago and add the cinnamon stick, if using. Let it boil for 5–7 minutes, then turn off the heat, cover, and leave to finish cooking off the heat for 10 minutes — when done, the grains will be clear. Run cold water into the pan, stir well, then drain in a sieve, shaking the sieve so the water runs off and discarding the cinnamon.
  2. Turn the sago into a bowl, stir in 2 tablespoons of the coconut milk and the salt. Divide among six or eight moulds or small bowls and refrigerate until set.
  3. Make a sugar syrup by putting the palm sugar and 125 ml water in a saucepan with the pandanus leaves and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Strain through a fine sieve, then allow to cool and refrigerate until chilled.
  4. To serve, turn the puddings out of their moulds into serving dishes and serve with the chilled syrup and remaining coconut milk at room temperature, in separate jugs.
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The Complete Asian Cookbook
Charmaine
Solomon
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