Rose Flavoured Sago Cake

'Kuih Sago Ros' is the Malay name of this rose-flavoured sago dessert which is popular in Malaysia and Singapore. Made from tiny tapioca pearls and rose flavouring, this soft and bouncy kuih is then coated with grated coconut. Great for breakfast, teatime or parties.

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Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 30 mins


Rose Flavoured Sago Cake, Kuih Sago Rose, Bronok, Kuih Sagu

Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian

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Nutrition per Serving

56 kcal
14 g
0 g
0 g

There are many wonderful 'kuih' desserts in Malaysia which are sold in small stalls by the roadsides or at night markets. Some are sweet while others are savoury. One of my favorites is 'kuih sago', a mildly sweet kuih made from tapioca pearls and coated with grated coconut. This is a great dessert for gatherings or parties.

It has the consistency of jello but not as hard. The soft and chewy texture of this pink kuih together with its mild rose-flavoured taste and coating of shredded coconut definitely makes it stand out.

If you are unable to find rose paste extract, you may substitute it with rose water or any colouring of your choice. Natural colouring can be obtained from beetroot. It is not necessary to steam fresh, shredded coconut, if you have it. I did so because I was using frozen shredded coconut. However, steam the desiccated coconut if you are using it for this recipe.


100 g
pandan leaves
50 g
1 tsp
rose paste extract
400 ml
banana leaves
coconut desiccated

Steps to Prepare

Rose Flavoured Sago Cake Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 100 g sago
    • 2 pandan leaves
    • 50 g sugar
    • 1 tsp rose paste extract
    • 400 ml water

Boil water and once it begins boiling, add pandan leaves, sago, sugar or rose paste extract until sago is almost fully cooked/translucent.

Rose Flavoured Sago Cake Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • banana leaves

Place boiled sago into a mould lined with banana leaf. Steam for at least 20 minutes or until translucent. Then, set aside and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 40 minutes. Use saran wrap to cover the mould to prevent the surface of sago from hardening.

Rose Flavoured Sago Cake Step 3

Step 3 of 3

    • coconut desiccated

Remove sago from the mould and cut into bite-sized pieces. Coat sago pieces with shredded coconut mixed with a pinch of salt.

Published: July 3, 2016

2 Discussions

3 years ago


Fail-proof recipe

Albert Tay
4 years ago

Albert Tay

Hi Grace, make this yesterday. It's my childhood favorite. Thanks for your easy to follow recipe.

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

That is lovely to hear. Do you have a photo too? Show us in your food snap ;)

Albert Tay
4 years ago

Albert Tay

Yes but how do I post a pic?

4 years ago


Go to your profile photo on the top right and click on add a food snap. I can't wait!

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