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How to Cook Sago

Raw Sago

Raw Sago

How to Cook Sago

You can add sago to many Chinese dessert sweet soups, giving the dessert an additional boost of texture.

Serves: 4

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 50g sago (adjust the amount of sago to your needs)
  • water

You also need

  • Pot
  • Sieve


  1. Boil a small pot of water. When the water is boiling, add the sago. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Occasionally stir the sides and bottom of the pot to prevent sticking.
  2. After 10 minutes, the sago had turned partially translucent. Turn off the flame, cover the pot with lid and let it stand for 10 minutes. The sago will continue cooking by itself and turn fully translucent.
  3. Rinse the cooked sago through a sieve and running water to remove the excess starch.
  4. Keep sago in a bowl of water until ready to use. Add prepared sago, drained, to your favourite Chinese dessert soups.

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38 Responses to “How to Cook Sago”

  1. ED — July 6, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    Wonderful tutorial, it couldn’t get any more easier.
    I’m glad I found this blog.
    Will try out this method this week.


  2. chris — July 13, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    Alternatively it can be cooked in milk with some added sugar for a delicious dessert on its own


  3. mahbuba — July 25, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Really thanks a lot. It’ll be truly helpful.


  4. Sue — August 8, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    I did it using your method and it came out beautifully. I mixed sago later with warm grape juice instead of wine as some people in Brazil do.


  5. Xian Hui — October 20, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    Argh, the sago sucks to my sieve. How can I get it clean?


    • wiffy replied: — October 24th, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      try inverting the sieve and running tap water through it.


  6. Manzoor alhaaj — October 29, 2013 @ 11:44 pm

    After illness and convalescent I am using it as it is light food. But we do not use sieve and eat all of it by adding milk and sugar. Is extra starch harmful ?


    • wiffy replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 11:14 am

      I’m not sure about that, maybe you need to check with a doctor about this. Hope you are feeling better now!


  7. Kamchaska — January 27, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    YOU have saved my life! well, sago’s life, for sure:) Thank you for such a clear and easy to understand instructions. My sago turned out gorgeous!:)


  8. babs stewart — March 8, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    You are a genius… several stodgy and white spots later, success!


  9. Audrey — March 21, 2015 @ 1:56 am

    Cooked too long. Sago stick to my pan. What can i do?