Jul 07

Thai Coconut Sago Pudding

Welcome to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama + Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl to create awesome healthy recipes each week! This week’s theme is Dairy-Free!

This week, I have a delicious Thai dessert for you–Thai Coconut Sago Pudding, brought to you by my best friend from the other end of the coast! We’ve been friends since 6th grade and lived together throughout college. We started learning to cook in sophomore year, and I’m super sad that we don’t live together anymore because we could be doing this every day! ;_; (Or week.)

This isn’t to say that I dislike where I am now. I love my residency program and am really happy here, but I feel like California will always be home to me, and it’s also where all my family and closest friends live, so it’d be nice to get back there someday!

Thai Coconut Sago Pudding | @fairyburger

As you might know, I’ve been living pretty far from home for about the last half-decade, so every time I go home, my best friend and I usually make a ton of food when I’m back! We have an epic list going called “HULK SMASH FOOD FEST” with all the recipes we want to make (2.5 pages alone are dedicated to different types of ice cream >_>).

…Once a year is pretty difficult to stuff in all the daily cooking adventures we want to stuff in, so as I mentioned a couple weeks ago, we recently started doing Skype Slack cooking dates! :]

Thai Coconut Sago Pudding (泰式椰汁西米糕)

Thai Coconut Sago Pudding | @fairyburger

Recipe adapted from My Daddy Cooking.

Thai Coconut Sago Pudding

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You'll Need...

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ~1 3/4 cup (400mL) coconut milk
  • ~1/2 cup sugar or your choice of sweetener (5 tbsp for coconut milk topping, 2 tbsp for sago pudding bottom)
  • 8 tsp tapioca flour (5 tsp for coconut milk topping, 3 tsp for bottom)
  • 1/3 cup (50g) sago*
  • 120g corn (or enough kernels from 1 ear of corn)
  • 15-20 fresh pandan leaves
  • ~3 cups water (750 mL for cooking the sago, 125g for mixing with the 8tsp tapioca flour for sago bottom layer)


  1. Steam corn in a pot for ~15 minutes, then remove ears from the cob. You can make this process easier by using a chopstick to remove one vertical line of ears of corn, then use your fingers to peel the rest off row by row.
  2. Cut pandan leaves into about 7.5" horizontal strips. Make vertical halfway cuts every 1.5" along the leaf and fold the pandan leaf along these half-cuts into a "box."**
  3. Use a toothpick to stab through the pandan leaf box to help it to keep its shape.
  4. Boil water and add the sago into the pot. Let cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sago will start to look somewhat translucent. Cover and let it continue to cook on the stove for 30 minutes (they should be mostly translucent at this point).
  5. Add the sugar and the water mixed with tapioca flour. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the corn and let cook for ~1-2 minutes, stirring continuously.
  7. Turn off the heat and empty the pudding mixture into each of the pandan leaf "box." Fill until about 80% full.
  8. Add coconut milk, salt, 5 tbsp sugar + 5 tsp tapioca flour into a pot and let cook on the stove, stirring continuously. When it becomes a paste-like consistency, turn off the heat.
  9. Top off each pandan leaf "box" with the coconut milk mixture.
  10. Add a corn kernel to the top of each.
  11. Let cool and store in refrigerator until ready to serve!

Additional Notes

*You can use tapioca pearls instead of sago if you'd like!

**If you want to see the pandan leaf being folded into a box, start at 3:38 in this video!

Thai Coconut Sago Pudding | @fairyburger

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  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    That sounds wonderful! You can’t go wrong with anything coconut 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      haha, definitely agreed! Coconut is so good! :]!
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  2. Zoe Lau

    Oh my gosh that is me and Miss favourite dessert! Will have to try it sometime soon! This is our first time linking up we put our Neapolitan ice cream which is vegan on 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! Thanks so much for linking up with us! Definitely gonna have to go check out that ice cream–it’s been so hot here lately!
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  3. Zoe Lau

    Oh my gosh this is our favourite dessert of all time. Missing it so much wil have to try it out. Yours looks absolutely fabulous!
    We linked up our 4 ingredient Neapolitan ice cream which is vegan! This is our first time linking up but excited to be part of it!

    1. Farrah

      Yay! Thank you for your kind words and also for linking up with us! :]! The more the merrier! I’m definitely gonna have to go check out that ice cream–it’s been so hot here lately!
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  4. ShootingStarsMag

    Thanks for sharing! I hope you can one day make it closer to friends and family. I still live at home, but I do have a really good friend that’s been away for a long time. She did grad school in Canada and now she’s in Sweden, so I do miss her!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much! I really hope I’ll get to someday as well–I’ll just keep on truckin’ along for the time being! 😛 I hope you can visit your friend (or vice versa) sometime! <3
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  5. Hannah

    These look so fancy!

    It’s been so hot recently that my favorite dessert is anything frozen. I think I need to make some popsicles soon.
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    1. Farrah

      They’re definitely nice for if you want to impress someone with the dessert course of a meal, hehehe. 😀 Cold desserts are definitely my favorite thing right now! 😛
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  6. Mary

    Wow! You really showed your stuff with this recipe. It looks delicious and it’s perfect a hot day.

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Mary! My best friend is amazing! <3
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  7. Kristy from Southern In Law

    This looks positively scrumptious! And I love that you have them served in pandan leaves! So cool!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Kristy! They definitely help with the presentation! :D!
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