Mango Sago

As the temperature rose to extreme heat (according to the news lady) during last weekend and also abundance of mangoes, why not make some mango desserts right? The first time we had mango sago was at this one yum cha restaurant at Piccadilly Centre, Sydney. I don’t think  have seen the same dessert on offer in any other yum cha restaurants we have been to before, where they usually only have mango pudding and mango pancakes.

Googled mango sago recipe and resulted in many variances, but this is the one I attempted to make.

  • 2 medium-sized mangoes
  • 1/4 cup mangoes chopped
  • 1/3 cup sago pearls
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk, boiled and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk

Soak sago in water and rinse off the excess starch. Then boil water in a pot and add the sago, cook until the sago turn transparent and soft. Keep mixing them while cooking to make sure none is stuck at the bottom of you pot.

Once cooked, drain and wash under running water; then drain well and set aside to cool.

In a blender, mix the mango puree and half of the milk and sugar until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, add in the rest of the milk and mix well.

Give it a taste test while to measure how much condensed milk you will need. Depends on how sweet your mangoes are, you may need more or less of the condensed milk.

Then add in the sago, mix until everything is combined and smooth.

Refrigerate at least one hour before serving, garnish with chopped mangoes and enjoy the sweet summery dessert!

Mangoes at its best!

Cooked sago pearls

I served the mango sago with a little bit more milk to tone down the sweetness 🙂

  • Any mangoes with less fibers would be prefect for this dessert.
  • Obviously, the measurement are just a guide, so please adjust level of sweetness according to your liking.
  • Also, if you prefer thicker consistency, you may add more sago pearls; likewise more milk if you prefer it runnier. As it chills in the fridge, it will thicken up a little bit. 
  • For a creamier and richer taste, you might want to substitute half  or all of the milk to evaporated milk.
  • Add some pomelo or grapefruit chunks for an even more refreshing dessert and cut through the sweetness. Notice that grapefruit will usually hint of bitterness which isn’t the case with pomelo.



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