Sago pudding
Sago pudding in Hong Kong
Main ingredientsSago, water or milk, sugar
VariationsSago gula melaka, thagu byin

Sago pudding is a sweet pudding made by combining sago pearls with either water or milk and adding sugar and sometimes additional flavourings. It is made in many cultures with varying styles, and may be produced in a variety of ways. Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, produces the majority of sago.

In Malaysia, sago gula melaka is a sago pudding made by boiling pearl sago in water and serving it with syrup of palm sugar (gula melaka) and coconut milk.[1]

In Myanmar, thagu byin is a sago pudding made with sago, coconut milk and condensed milk.[2]

Sago pudding is also a popular delicacy in New Guinea.

In the UK, "sago pudding" is generally made by boiling pearl sago and sugar in milk until the sago pearls become clear, and thickening it with eggs or cornflour. Depending on the proportions used it can range from a runny consistency to fairly thick, and can be similar to tapioca pudding or rice pudding. In the UK "sago pudding" is often referred to as "frog spawn" as it is made using pearl sago. Tapioca pudding is similar in that it too can be made using pearl tapioca – it can also be called "frog spawn" but is generally made using flake tapioca in the north which results in a finer, more grainy, consistency.

See also


  1. ^ "Sago Pudding with Palm Sugar (Sago Gula Melaka)". Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  2. ^ Myanmar. "သာကူပြင်". MyFood Myanmar (in Burmese). Retrieved 2019-11-18.