Hooray for Summer and hooray for mango season! What better way to celebrate than with a refreshing concoction of mango purée, evaporated milk and chewy balls of sago pearl goodness. This typically Asian dessert is served at most yum cha restaurants. The rubberiness of the sago lends this dessert a really unique texture and it’s one of those things that you either love or you hate. I personally love the stuff. I would add these little balls to everything I ate if I could.
Mango Sago Dessert
2 sweet mangos
1/2 cup of sago pearls
120ml evaporated milk
sugar syrup to taste (optional) – dissolve desired amount of sugar with small amount of boiling water
Bring about 4 cups of water to boil in a saucepan. Add in sago pearls and bring to the boil. Leave it to boil for about 5 minutes and stir frequently so the balls don’t end up sticking to each other. Once you see that the balls are transparent with a small white dot in the centre turn off the heat. Leave covered for 20 minutes.
Drain the sago from the hot water in a strainer, rinse under cold running water until it cools down and water runs clear. Set aside.
Peel and cut mango into cubes. Set aside a handful of cubes for garnish.
Using a blender or electric mixer, blend the mango to a thick smooth texture. Combine it with the evaporated milk.
If it’s not sweet enough add sugar syrup to desired sweetness.
In a bowl mix the blended mango, cubed mango and sago pearls. Stir well until well combined.
Chill in fridge prior to serving.