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Bowl filled with coconut milk, lilac taro chunks and clear sago.

Taro Sago

Taro sago is a Chinese dessert filled with creamy coconut milk, tender taro and chewy sago.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Cantonese, Chinese
Keyword coconut milk, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, sago, taro, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 7 people
Calories 116 kcal


  • 2 cups peeled and cubed taro
  • ½ cup sago
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the taro and cook until fork tender but not falling apart, usually 20-30 minutes.
  2. Drain off the water and transfer the taro to a big bowl.
  3. Add more water to the same pot of water and bring that water to a boil. Add the sago, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the sago is mostly clear (it’s okay if there’s a little white in the center).
  4. Drain the sago and transfer the sago to the bowl with the taro.
  5. Add the coconut milk, water, brown sugar and salt to the taro and sago. Fold the mixture gently to help keep most of the taro intact.
  6. Ladle into bowls or cups and serve!

Recipe Notes

Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, but this dessert is best eaten within a few hours of making it so that the sago stays bouncy.