Wheat Porridge Dessert

Wheat pearls or also known as wheat berries with coconut milk served warm or cold is such a delightful dessert. Usually sold at Chinese eateries selling desserts, it is also known as ‘bubur gandum’ in Malay and also available at Mamak restaurants in Malaysia and Singapore.

5 stars

Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 40 mins


Mak Chuk Tong Sui, Bubur Gandum, 麦粥糖水

Malaysian, Singaporean, Indonesian, Cantonese

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Nutrition per Serving

193 kcal
29 g
8 g
3 g

If you are looking for sweet wheat pearl recipes, try out 'bubur gandum'. Bubur gandum is the Malay term for wheat porridge. It is a dessert well known in Singapore and Malaysia. Within the Chinese community, this delicious dessert is known as ‘mak chuk’. Just like many Southeast Asian desserts, this wheat porridge is vegan-friendly. You'd love it if you love coconut milk.

What are wheat pearls or wheat berries?

Wheat pearls or wheat berries are produced from whole wheat kernels. They are sold dry and must be soaked before using.

Soaked (L) Dry (R)
Soaked (L) Dry (R)

You can find them at the Asian grocers or speciality health stores. Look for wheat pearls which are peeled and polished. While learning about wheat pearls, I found they are often used in European meals especially in savoury dishes. How interesting!

Adding a pinch of salt

When using coconut milk in a dish, be it sweet or savoury, adding a pinch of salt will help to enhance the taste.

Thicker consistency of wheat porridge

You may have noticed that I made the porridge slightly diluted compared to the norm. You can thicken the dessert with some corn starch or boil it until the water is very much reduced. However, please note that the dessert thickens when it cools down.

I enjoy the chewy texture of the wheat pearls along with the sweetness of the coconut milk. Wheat pearls do a great job in soaking up the coconut milk, thus making them a delight to savour. What I really love is the aroma of the screwpine leaves or 'pandan' leaves which lingers lightly in the dessert. I personally enjoy this dessert cold but if you are experiencing a chilly or cold weather, a bowl of warm wheat porridge dessert would surely brings comfort and a smile to your face.


8 tbsp
wheat pearls
pandan leaves
500 ml
150 g
coconut milk
4 tbsp
1⁄4 tsp

Steps to Prepare

Wheat Porridge Dessert Step 1

Step 1 of 2

Soak wheat pearls for at least 4 hours. Discard water. Then, boil 500 ml of water with wheat pearls and knotted pandan leaves at maximum heat. Once it boils, reduce heat to its minimum and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

Wheat Porridge Dessert Step 2

Step 2 of 2

    • 150 g coconut milk
    • 4 tbsp sugar
    • 1⁄4 tsp salt

Then, add sugar and coconut milk. Increase heat to cook wheat pearls. Once it starts boiling, reduce heat and simmer until wheat pearls are fully cooked. Stir in a bit of salt. Serve warm or chilled.

Published: November 7, 2016

1 Discussions

3 years ago


My wheat berries are still pretty hard and firm despite soaking overnight and boiling for over 2 hours, what could I be doing wrong? :(

3 years ago


Try adding the sugar after the wheat berries turn soft. Adding sugar too early in the cooking process might make it difficult for the wheat berries to cook.

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