one more for the tapioca files: tapioca pearls of various sizes (sago), cooked in coconut milk, palm sugar syrup, and infused with pandan leaves. if you'd like to try a richer, non-vegan version, omit the palm sugar and add a can of condensed milk to this--it's sort of mind blowing. carageenan-based gelatin (gulaman) is boiled with more pandan leaves (discarded before setting), tinted green with food colouring just because it's pretty, then sliced and diced; this, along with strings of young coconut meat are added to the chilled tapioca pearls and served cold.
in the philippines, sago at gulaman is often just a drink made from the tapioca and the gulaman in palm sugar flavoured water and lots of crushed ice; sometimes it comes in this coconut milk enriched form. either way, it is delicious.
on a somewhat related note, i know there is a singaporean/malaysian dessert that is essentially this, but i'm not sure what it's called. is it gula melaka? i thought gula melaka was just (coconut) palm sugar....
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