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Mango Sago Dessert April 26, 2006

Posted by thelazychef in Desserts.

Mango Sago. Mmmm...

Ok. Reason for cooking while i’m still in the midst of exams? Stress. Depression.

My paper today was a total killer. Was sooo depressed after that.

Then my friend brought over 2 utterly beautiful and fragrant mangoes. His mum just got back from Vietnam and he was kind enough to remember what I had been rambling about the week before. I saw Mango Pomelo Dessert in a Hong Kong cafe we frequent and I just casually mentioned that I would like to try and make this dessert myself.

And so, he brought 2 mangoes for me today! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As said, I was supposed to make Mango Pomelo Dessert, but I couldn’t find any pomelo on sale, or probably, it ain’t the season for pomelo now, so, I decided to substitute with Sago pearls instead!

This dessert is insanely easy to make. And its super yummilious. Mmm… My whole family and my study buddies love it!ย ย 

Ok. I need to get back to studying. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Give this a try if you like chilled desserts. You won’t regret it!

Mango Sago Dessert
(adapted from Zu’s Kitchen)

600gm mango (abt 2 honey mangoes)
400ml mango juice (Peelfresh or any other similar brands)
125ml evaporated milk
80gย sago pearls (original uses 300gm pomelo, split into small pieces)
250ml water
2~3 tbspย sugar
1 tbsp cornflour/tapioca starch
1 tbsp water
extra 100ml water

1. Boil 250ml water and sugar till sugar dissolves.
2. Mix cornflour/tapioca starch with 1 tbsp water and pour into the syrup and stir over low heat until mixture is smooth.
3. Take syrup and cornflour mixture off the heat and leave it to cool.
4. Cut the sides of the mango and cube them.
5. Scrap the remaining mango and put in a bowl, add 100ml of water to blend, put aside.
6. Add blended mango, cubed mango, mango juice and evaporated milk into the syrup solution (from 1) then stir.
7. Add sago pearls and stir, if too thick, add abit of cooled boiled water or more mango juice.
8. Chillย before serving.

Preparation ofย sago pearls
1. Soak sago pearls in water till they turned abit translucent (About an hour)
2. Boil the pearls with water till it turns totally translucent.
3. Pour the cooked pearls into a sieve and wash it with tap water remove the starch and now it’s ready to be used

(PS: I had some difficulty cooking sago the 1st time, and I found a better way of cooking sago pearls, from Eupho Cafeย and English Patis.

  1. Boil about 3 cups of water in a saucepan. Add in sago pearls and bring to boil.
  2. Once it boils, cover saucepan and turn off heat. Leave for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid, stir the mixture, turn on the heat and bring it to boil again.
  4. Once it boils the second time, cover again, turn off the heat and leave covered for 10 minutes. The sago should be cooked by now.
  5. Drain the sago from the hot water and rinse. Soak in cold water (to stop it cooking further). When completely cool drain again and set aside.

This results in a soft but still chewy texture and not mushy at all. )



1. Evelyn aka Tazz - April 29, 2006

I like this dessert. ๐Ÿ˜›

2. thelazychef - April 29, 2006

Hi Evelyn,

Haha…Me too! I love it too! Yum! Gonna try and get more mangoes soon and make another huge pot of this heavenly stuff!

3. K - May 7, 2006

Oh my goodness – I super lurve this! Just clicking “next” blog for wordpress and came across here.

4. rokh - May 17, 2006

yummy yummy! now i am inspired to try it too

5. rokh - May 17, 2006

oops,, wrong post, wanted to say i wan to try the cheesecake above! ๐Ÿ˜›

6. thelazychef - May 18, 2006

Haha.. you should give it a try… Its super simple and yummy too!

The cheesecake is great too. Very rich and creamy, sinful! ๐Ÿ˜€

7. yum-yum_piggy - August 2, 2006

sounds really nice!!!….researching recipes for D&T…..beh! but this one sounds really yummy……AND IT HAS PICTURES good luck for your exams!!!!

8. sooi2 - October 4, 2006

just made ur mango sago today…very nice! will make a variation of honey dew sago soon. and, i love ur (second) way of cooking the sago — it works and now i know how to make my sago looks like a top chef’s job in the restaurant! thanks!

9. Marjorie - November 26, 2006

Thank you for this wonderful recipe. My daughter love it very much!!!

10. shir - February 13, 2007

thanks alot for the wonderful recipe, am interested to follow these recipes, and make for this chinese new year ๐Ÿ™‚
may i know though, how many people do the above amount serve? i want to prepare about 6-8persons’ portions:)
thanks alot!

11. thelazychef - February 15, 2007

Hi Shir…

This can definately feed 8 persons. I’m assuming that you’re feeding them each a portion of a small rice bowl. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope it helps! Enjoy!

12. ahui - February 16, 2007

hi there. i have the same idea too (making for chinese new year). if i wanted to include the pomelo too, how do i alter the recipe?

13. ahui - February 16, 2007

oops, amendment to the above comment. in china, i actually saw mango & pomelo AND sago. so, if i wanted to include all 3 ingredients, how should i alter the proportions of the ingredients. thank you! your site is wonderful!!!

14. shir - February 17, 2007

thanks alot lazychef, appreciate ur reply! ๐Ÿ˜€

i’ve just prepared the sago first, leaving it overnight, will continue tmr with the rest, before chilling, dinner is at 6, now is 1238 past midnight :p

happy CNY to u and all readers!

to ahui: sorry, i’ve never tasted mango sago dessert without pomelo, so i kinda dont quite know wat to expect. althought, if the pomelo flesh is supposedly eaten fresh and slightly crunchy, i guess we should only put it after everything has been made. but if the flesh is to be eaten soft, then along towards the end of the cooking of the mango dessert, while it is still hot. and, if the soupy part of the dessert supposedly has some taste of pomelo in it too, then i guess u’ll need to blender some pomelo into juice too, and mix with it :p

well well, so long for these hypothesized writings :p

may the real expert one please stand up? :p

15. shir - February 17, 2007

oops, typo, i meant, mango sago dessert with pomelo, sorry to ahui :p

16. thelazychef - February 17, 2007

Hi Ahui!

Well, you can include all 3 ingredients. Add in approximately 40grams of sago and about 180-200grams of pomelo. Well, if you like pomelo, you can add in much more than 200grams. To each his own i guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes, I would suggest that you put in the pomelo with the sago pearls. You do not have to squeeze the pomelo for its juice as it is nicer to chew on the pomelo bits.

Have fun making this delicious dessert! And yes, Happy Chinese New Year!

17. thelazychef - February 17, 2007

To Shir…

The dessert should not be hot! As in, the only ‘cooking’ part is when you melt the sugar. After that, take it off the stove! Allow the mixture to cool while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Once you’ve added the mango juice, bits and evaporated milk, it should be room temp!

Enjoy your dessert too!

And Happy New Year too!

18. Steve - February 25, 2007

To thelazychef,

thanks for the wonderful recipe. I have tried making the dessert for myself after falling addicted to it (tried at Ah Chew Dessert).

The outcome was wonderful but guessed it was a bit sour. My guess is becuase of the peelfresh juice i used. Wondering if you have any other advise on the alternatives that I can use to replace the juice?

Thank in advance and great to find this link.


19. thelazychef - March 5, 2007

Hi Steve!
Glad you enjoyed it!

Well, to replace the juice, you can make your own mango juice! Get another mango, scrape out the flesh and blend it with a little water(and sugar if its not sweet enough!)! Easy as that!

Hope it helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

20. zacchi - March 5, 2007

mm sounds great..ill give it a try

21. shir - March 6, 2007

thanks lazychef for the input ๐Ÿ™‚ my mango dessert went well, thanks to u! ๐Ÿ™‚

to steve: i mixed peel fresh with nestle mango yoghurt drink, i found it helped lessen the sourish taste and make it more on the creamy side instead, but yet with mango taste still ๐Ÿ™‚

22. LaGuNa84 - March 24, 2007

I was looking for a honeydew sago dessert recipe and happened on googling this site =D I really love mangoes, so I’d probably try doing this instead of the usual bland honeydew sago >.

23. thelazychef - April 2, 2007

Hi Laguna84…

Yup.. This recipe is a winner. Do give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

24. vsbee - May 13, 2007

AHHH!!!! I SUCCEEDED!! It’s nice!!! Yea I was also intending to make honeydew sago too, for Mother’s Day . Then Goggle gave me a gift – this blog! Wahahaha! Thank you so much!

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26. thelazychef - May 13, 2007

Hi vsbee!
Glad it turned out to be a success! Hope your mum enjoyed your thoughtful Mothers’ Day gift to her! ๐Ÿ˜‰

27. Jian - May 15, 2007

Hohoho….still I am lazy to be up for all the cooking process for this dessert….I made Ai yu ping for mom instead ( : p tho its one day late ) hahaha….superbly simple. I think Spore should have tons…I can’t seem to find the ai yu ping jelly powder back in Penang (got it from KL). Anyway just followed the instructions on the box and you get urself the jelly. Hehe and thats not the end yet. I scoop some jelly into a small bowl, add in as many lychee fruit (add in the syrup that came with the fruit too, some will do) as I want (wahahaha), some lychee juice and most importantly, squeeze in some lemon juice. Yupz…yum….soft silky smooth jelly, with succulent crunchy huge lychee (get the extra large ones, hehe) and the zesty soury refreshing lemon….of course the xtra omph from the lychee syrup.

But of course its up to ur creativity to add in watever u wan to be eaten with the jelly.

Sadly I dunno the origin of the dessert.

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30. Abby - May 23, 2008

Hi, does anyone know how to make a similar dessert made of DURIAN? This durian dessert is quick popular in HK too, its called ‘lau lin piew heong’.

If anyone has the recipe, please email it to me.

Thank you!

31. thelazychef - June 9, 2008

Hi Abby,

Unfortunately, I do not have the recipe for the durian version. Sorry!

If anyone has a good recipe of this durian dessert, please share it with me too! I love durian! ๐Ÿ™‚


32. alinah - July 17, 2008

If fresh mango is not easiy available, can we use the canned version?

33. thelazychef - August 8, 2008

Hi Alinah.

Unfortunately not. This recipe works best with fresh mangoes. ๐Ÿ˜€

34. Tam Ciak - August 21, 2008

Tasty mango sago dessert. Wondering if it’s easy to make and if I can put more mangoes as I liked mangoes!!! Sago… maybe a bit but then between pomelo and sago.. I liked sago more hehhee

Fei Fei will be drooling the moment he sees this… Damn, he’s all over dessert and just like a kid when he sees one. Just like sweet stuffs only. Hmm, maybe if I show this to him, he can try to make the dessert and then we get to eat too?? Hohoho….. ๐Ÿ˜€

35. VanityTreasure - August 30, 2008

Oh I tried making this and it is YUMMY~!
Many thanks for this post! (^_~)V

36. elvadrieng - September 23, 2008

hi does this has to be consumed immediately or placed in fridge? I was planning to make this dish and bring over to a friend house for a party. The travelling time is more than 1 hour. Will it go bad? =S

37. thelazychef - September 29, 2008

it should be placed in a fridge as it tastes much better chilled. I dun think it will go bad, but just ensure that it was well chilled before that.

38. Teresa - February 3, 2009


I came a cross your site when i did a search on mango sago receipe.

Thanks i am going to give it a try

39. Lyn - February 11, 2009

hi…i’ve tried ur recipe and its fabulous..!! ๐Ÿ™‚ my frens love it to bits!

just one question though, is it possible to omit the corn flour/tapioca starch?

40. gavin - March 12, 2009


had it once in hong kong but with pomelo and grass jelly too…

it was awesome!

41. kinomichan - March 27, 2009

i love this! but i prefer Pomelo to sago. Pomelo adds crunchiness to the dessert =D

42. yuli - May 10, 2009

Great recipe!
veryy nice. yeahhh I can made it too!
put in fridge. eat while a bit icy icy..hmm so fresh!

43. DogsLover - June 13, 2009


I am a lover of Mango & Pomelo…

I tired a few, the best is from Ah Chew located at Liang Seah Street.

Give it a try!!!

I will try out your receipe.

Thanks for sharing.

44. derek - November 30, 2009

hi, i want to make this for my gf to cheer her up. however, i can only mail it to her and itll take 24 hours to get to her. how long can the mango sai mai lo be unrefrigerated for?

i was planing on putting it in a thermos container with an ice bag inside. do you think that would keep it from spoiling?

thanks for the recipe,

45. MG Lim - December 17, 2009

many thanks for your ideas. the sago is definately my favourate dessert. Hows singapore and university? Been hiding in london for about 7 years. not sure how much has changed. good luck

46. pandapanda - January 25, 2010

wow- i found this recipe after having some at the cafe and its fantastic cos its easy to make but the result is delightful- well done and thank you for sharing!

i was in hong kong and tried out the HUI LAU SHAN dessert chain and fell in love with their jelly drinks- do you happen to know how they make the jelly in that?

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it is mother’s day today and apart from baking a cake, i was looking for a simple and fast dessert recipe as well to make for my mom. this recipe helped much. plus, i’m a crazy fan of mangoes! i will definitely do it again.

p.s by the way, can i just double the recipe if i want to make more at one time? or do i have to use another proportion?

thanks again! (:

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Hi. how many does this serve?

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