Malaysian Cuisine - Nyonya Kuih/Desserts

Pandan Sago Gula Melaka

June 02, 2018 | Recipe by Bake with Paws

Sago Gula Melaka is an all-time favourite dessert for my family. It is a classic and nostalgic dessert that reminds us of our childhood. Since I had some left over pandan juice, I tried to make Pandan Sago instead of plain sago. I used the same Sago Gula Melaka recipe I shared some time ago but with the addition of pandan juice into the sago.  The color turned out quite well with a natural pandan green. 

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Recipe - Pandan Sago Gula Melaka

Serves:  6


Pandan Sago:
200g pearl sago
2 – 3 tbsp concentrated pandan juice (please refer here for Pandan Juice Recipe)

Gula Melaka Syrup:
150g gula Melaka or dark brown sugar
2 pandan/screwpine leaves
150 ml water

Coconut Cream:
200 ml coconut milk
2 pandan/screwpine leaves
Pinch of salt


Pandan Sago
  1. Wash and soak the pearl sago in water for 20 minutes
  2. Bring half pot of water to boil. Add pearl sago and keep stirring till sago turns transparent. It takes few minutes.
  3. Pour sago into a strainer and wash off excess starch in running tap water.
  4. Drain excess water, transfer to a mixing bowl.  Add in pandan juice and mix well.  
  5. Put the whole bowl of sago in microwaze for 90 seconds.  This is to cook the pandan juice.(Omit this step if you are making the original Sago Gula Melaka)
  6. Scoop sago into individual moulds. Chill in refrigerator.
Gula Melaka Syrup
  1. In a saucepan, pour in coconut milk, pandan leaves and salt. Boil in low fire until it bubbles. Stir constantly. Set aside to cool.
Coconut Cream
  1. In another saucepan, add in pandan leaves and melt the palm sugar with water on a low heat. Once become syrupy, set aside to chill.
  2. To serve, spoon the palm sugar syrup and coconut milk over the chilled sago.