Sweet Potato and Coconut Sago Dessert (Sai Mai Lo)

Sai Mai Lo is a Chinese dessert commonly found in Dim Sum places in Asia. If you've ever gone for dim sum at your local restaurant where they have the push carts, you may have seen this dessert before. This is a dessert that can be served warm or cold and make with any favourite fruit you want.


1/2 Cup Tapioca Pearls/Sago
1 cup of chopped sweet potato
1 canned of coconut milk
100 ml of milk


1. In a medium sized pot, bring the water to a boil on medium-high heat. Once the water is boiling, add the Sago. Stir the Sago gently to prevent clumping at the bottom of the pot, and continue to do so until the water boils again. 2.Remove the pot from the heat and cover for 3 minutes.
Prepare a cool water bath by placing a mesh strainer over a mixing bowl, and turning on the tap so that a gentle stream of cool water flows into the mixing bowl. Drain the Sago into the mesh strainer. This step is important to stop the cooking process of the Sago jelly.
In another small pot, boil the sweet potato until it's tender enough.

1. In a large pot add 2 to 3 litres of water and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
 Slowly add all of the milk
2. while stirring. Stirring will prevent the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
3. Add the coconut milk into the pot, turning it into a creamy white colour
4. Add the sweet potato to the pot and continue to stir
5. Once the liquid boils, turn the heat off and remove from the heat.
6. Add the Sago to the pot and cover
7. Serve either warm or chilled. Remember to give a gentle stir prior to serving as the Sago will settle.


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