Sago Soup With Taro is a popular dessert dish found all over Asia. It is extremely healthy to eat and very simple to make. Plus, it’s rich and creamy in taste while also having a bit of chew, it’s the perfect dessert for any time of the day. And best of all is that it only uses a few ingredients!
If you ever been to any Asian restaurant, one common dish you might find being served for dessert is one called a Sago Soup With Taro / 西米露. This dish is extremely popular and is beloved by everybody who tries it.
I remember every time I visit any of these Asian restaurants, I would always order this soup as it is the perfect comfort food after a heavy meal. The soup is extremely rich and creamy while also having a bit of a chew to it which makes everything so delightful.
However, there is just one problem.
Anytime I wanted to eat this delicious soup, I would have to go to these restaurants in order to order it.
It’s a hassle for me because I have to drive out to these restaurants and then pay a lot of money for it. Which is why I wanted to make my own version of this soup so that I can have it anytime I want. And I found out that this dessert dish is actually a very simple dish to make. Not to mention, very cheap too!
With only using around 4 to 5 ingredients, anybody is able to make this dish in a matter of minutes.
So if you’re ready, lets go make this soup!
What Is Sago?
If you notice, you’ll see that inside this dessert dish is based around the sago ingredient.
If you never had sago before, do not worry. Sago is basically a little translucent ball that is very chewy and is typically used for dessert type dishes.
Upon opening up a sago package, you’ll notice that it is generally white in color. It is also extremely small in size. However once you start to cook it for a few minutes, the color will change. It’ll become more of a translucent color and the ball may double in size.
It is an ingredient that has many health benefits to the body. It’s made out of an edible starch that is extracted from the pith of an array of tropical palm trees. It is in fact one of the most common food ingredients you’ll find in many parts of Asia.
What Is Taro?
Have you ever had taro before?
It’s an ingredient that isn’t really commonly found in Western markets. However it is one one of the most healthiest and tastiest things you can ever eat. Usually you would have to visit an Asian supermarket to find this type of ingredient.
If you don’t know what taro is or never heard of it before, it is basically a root vegetable. It tends to grow all year round in many parts of the world. It is similar to that of a potato/yam and has a pasty like texture upon feeling it.
The outer skin of a taro is extremely furry and brown in color. While the inner portions of the taro is generally purplish-white in color.
You can usually find this ingredient being sold in large sizes as well as smaller cut up sizes in the vegetable aisle of any Asian supermarket.
Why You should Make This Dish
If you never had Sago Soup With Taro / 西米露 before, then you are totally missing out!
This dessert dish is one of the best desserts in my opinion to have any time of the day. For example, once cooked, the taro will emit a nutty flavor that is also extremely creamy. Pair that up with the coconut milk and it adds one of the most interesting flavors you have ever tasted. Not to mention the chewy sago balls which give it a really exquisite consistency.
But best of all is that this dish is also extremely healthy as it contains a lot of health benefits. Many of which are really good for the body.
For instance, with many root vegetables, there is a generous amount of fiber being loaded inside the taro root. Not to mention that there are also a huge number of antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins as well. Some of which includes:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- and more!
It’s definitely a dish you will enjoy for years on end.
Ingredients To Make Sago Soup With Taro
The ingredients you’ll need to make Sago Soup With Taro / 西米露 includes the following:
- Taro – 2 Pounds (chopped into smaller pieces)
- Coconut Milk – 1 can (13.5 FL OZ)
- Sago – 1/2 cup
- Rock Sugar – 3/4 Cup (more if you want it to be more sweet)
And that’s basically it!
How To Make Sago Soup With Taro
Making Sago Soup With Taro is a relatively simple thing to do.
The process consists of:
Prepping The Sago
Grab a small pot and fill it with water halfway. Then bring it to a boil over medium- high heat.
Once the pot of water is boiling, you’ll want to pour in your sago balls and let it cook for about 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure during this time to constantly stir the contents around so that they don’t stick together.
After 10 to 12 minutes is up, turn off the heat. Grab a lid and place it on top of the pot to cover it up. Let the remaining heat continue to cook the sago for an extra 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes is up, uncover the lid. If the sago is still white in color then let it cook for a few more minutes. Otherwise they are ready.
Grab a large sieve and pour your sago into the sieve while running it through some cold water to help loosen them up.
Then place the sago into a bowl where they’ll sit until they are needed to be used.
Prepping The Taro
If you haven’t done so already, cut your taro into small pieces.
Then grab a large wok or pot and prepare to steam your taro.
Fill the large wok or pot with some water and bring it to a boil over medium high heat.
Once the water starts boiling, place your steaming basket with the chopped up taro pieces into the wok or pot and then cover it up. Let it steam for about 20 minutes.
Once 20 minutes are up and your taro has become soft to the touch, turn off the heat. Then put the taro pieces into a large bowl and use a masher to mash the taro into a mashed consistency.
Once all the taro is mashed up, you can begin to get ready to make your soup.
Making The Sago Soup With Taro
Grab a large pot and place it over medium-heat.
Then pour into the pot your mashed taro, coconut milk, rock sugar, and sago pieces.
Note: Add just a pinch of salt for added flavor (optional)
Stir things around until the rock sugar is completely dissolved.
Once the rock sugar is dissolved, you can turn off the heat.
Serve immediately either hot or chilled.
How To Store/Keep This Dish For Future Use
Storing this dish is an extremely simple thing to do.
Basically since it is made in a large pot, all you have to do is take your pots lid and cover the pot. Then place it in the fridge where it will remain good for up to 3 days.
As for reheating this dish, simply place the pot on top of the stove. Turn the heat up to medium-high and stir the contents until they are your desired consistency.
Sago Soup With Taro Recipe (西米露)
- 2 Pound Taro Chopped into smaller pieces
- 1 Can Coconut Milk
- 1/2 Cup Sago
- 3/4 Cup Rock Sugar More if you want it to be more sweet.
Prep Your Sago
- Grab a small pot and fill it halfway with water. Then bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Once the water starts boiling, pour in your sago and let it cook for around 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure to constantly stir during this time so that they do not stick together.
- After 10 to 12 minutes of cooking, turn off the heat.Cover the pot with a lid and let it continue to cook with the leftover heat for around 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, grab a sieve and pour your sago into the sieve. Then rinse the sago through with some cold water. After that, transfer the sago into a bowl where it will sit until they are ready to be used.
Prep Your Taro
- If you haven't already, chop up your taro into tiny pieces.
- Turn on the heat to medium high and place a large wok or pot with some water on top of it. You are going to be preparing area for steaming your taro.
- Once the water starts boiling, place your steaming basket with the chopped up taro pieces into the wok or pot and then cover it up. Let it steam for about 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes of steaming, turn off the heat. Transfer the taro pieces into a bowl and use a masher to mash the taro into a mashed consistency.Now it is ready to be used.
Making The Sago Soup With Taro
- Grab a large pot and put it on the stove over medium heat.
- Into the pot, you'll want to add in your mashed taro, sago, rock sugar, and coconut milk.
- Stir things around until the rock sugar has completely dissolved. Once the rock sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat.
- Serve immediately either hot or chilled.
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