Monday, March 10, 2008

Mum's Recipe: Kueh Sago (Sago Cake)

This recipe was taught to me a long time ago by my mother. This is one of those recipes passed down without proper documentation. I think a lot of those recipes that I will share with you from mum are like that. She'll tell you, a handful of flour, a dash of sugar, a stick of gula melaka (palm sugar)... it is like, you go figure lah :).

Anyway, I did this through virtual recall of her words. The actual ingredient portions are really my own and it turned out ok. Perhaps the sugar portion can be increased as I put very little in the cake.

150g Pearl Sago
220ml of Santan (1 tube coconut cream from the supermarket)
1 tbsp water
3 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of instant coffee powder
pinch of salt
80g of grated coconut

  1. Soak the Pearl Sago for about 1/2 hour and rinse a few times to get rid of the excess starch
  2. Heat up a pan and pour the Santan (coconut cream) with 1 tbsp water to dilute it a bit. Bring it to a slow boil.
  3. Stir in the soaked sago.
  4. As the sago is turning transparent, put in the coffee powder and continue stirring. This is to give the coffee flavor and the coloring. If you don't like coffee, you can put in other coloring. For flavoring, you can try pandan essence.
  5. Once the sago has totally turned transparent, add the sugar.
  6. When the sugar has totally blended with the sago, turn off the fire and pour the cake into a greased pan to cool.
  7. Cut the sago cake into pieces and toss it the grated coconut (which has been added a pinch of salt).
  8. Serve slightly chilled.


twosuperheroes said...

Y!!! OMG. You've got a new foodie blog??? Hehhee...Niceeeee! Now you can teach me how to cook. *blushing* :p

YozoraNiteSky said...

hi lah.. cannot say teach leh.. coz i also learn from you mah, esply your yummy nasi lemak and fried chicken..we share share recipes yah??

babe_kl said...

wahh congrats and welcome to food blogging!!!

babe_kl said...

btw forgot to thank you for the tea hehehe it was nice and not sweet!

YozoraNiteSky said...

you are most welcome blogging for me?...i have so much to learn from you and the rest of food bloggers..i just want to use this to log mostly recipes from mum and friends.. :)

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JoMel said...

hi there, I love your blog! I just came across your blog today and I saw this Sago dessert recipe. Since I have a packet of sago which has been in my pantry for the longest time, cos I did not know what to do with it, and I even had pandan leaves in my fridge, as well as shaved coconuts which I bought last weekend for something else, I had all the ingredients! So I decided to make it immediately so that it can be served after dinner. It turned out so so so well and my family loves it so much. I added pandan leaves when simmering the coconut milk and sago, and I used gula melaka instead of granulated sugar. Everything else was as per your recipe. The coffee was a wonderful touch, it really adds on to the flavour, not just the colour. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing. :)

YozoraNiteSky said...

hi joMel..thank you for dropping in:). So happy that you decided to try out the recipe and that it worked out well for you. And you even improvised it successfully, clever girl. Visited all your blogs too.. very interesting and impressive blogs. Have a great week yah!