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Abok Abok Sago Recipe
By Justina Lee
It has been a while since I made abok abok sago. It wasn't easy to get hold of banana
leaves, and I prefer to wrap kuih abuk abuk sagu the traditional way.
These delectable bite-sized snacks exude a lovely coconut aroma and have a slight
chewy texture. The gula melaka lends its exotic sweetness to pearl sagu, making the
traditional Malay/Peranakan dessert a truly authentic and delicious treat.
Abuk Abuk Sagu (Abok Abok Sago) Recipe
6-8 tablespoons pearl sago
4 tablespoons freshly grated coconut
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons gula melaka (palm sugar), finely chopped
8 pieces of banana leaves, about 12 cm wide*
How to make abok abok sago
1. Wash the banana leaves well. Soften the leaves by pouring boiling water over them.
If banana leaves are not available, you can use a mould or steaming tray.
2. Rinse pearl sago under running water to get rid of excess starch. Soak for 10
minutes and drain well.
3. Place sago in a bowl. Add the grated coconut and salt. Mix all ingredients together.
4. Shape each banana leaf into cone, and secure with a toothpick. Repeat until you
get 8 cones.
5. Fill half the cone with sago mixture. Put a small amount of chopped gula melaka
and then top up with more sago mixture.
6. Fold the banana leaf over, to cover the opening. Secure with tooth pick.
7. Steam kuih abuk abuk for about 10-15 minutes. The sago turns transparent when
8. Remove and let it cool completely before serving. Enjoy!