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Naturally sweet honeydew melon or cantaloupe pieces are served in melon puree, soft and chewy small tapioca/sago pearls, and coconut milk concoction. It is such a light and refreshing dessert.

What is sai mai lo?

Sai mai lo is a popular Chinese dessert/tong sui you will see being served at dim sum restaurants or Asian dessert places. Sai mai lo is usually prepared by using fruit such as melon, watermelon, mango, or roots like taro/yam served with sago/tapioca pearls and creamy sweet milk concoction. They are usually served chilled. One thing in common is that, whatever sai mai lo you prepare, it has to have the sago/tapioca pearls in the dessert.

Ingredients

1. Melon You can use honeydew melon or cantaloupe/rock melon. It is best if you use the melon that has ripened so they taste sweet 2. Small tapioca/sago pearls The tapioca pearls I use cannot be soaked in cold water or they will turn into mush. They have to be cooked in boiling water

Sago Tapioca Pearls in small size

Sago Tapioca Pearls in small size

3. Evaporated milk I use evaporated milk, but it’s flexible what kind of milk you want to use. You can use coconut milk, non-dairy milk such as coconut milk 4. Sugar The sugar is used to prepare a simple syrup that you can add to the dessert. The amount depends on how sweet the fruit you use. So you can adjust accordingly

How to make honeydew sago dessert

1. Bring water and sugar to a boil until just sugar melts. Turn off the heat and let it cool 2. Bring 750 ml of water to a boil. Add tapioca pearls and let it cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stirring every now and then to prevent the pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Turn off the heat and cover. Let the pearls sit for 10 minutes 3. After 10 minutes, the tapioca pearls should be cooked through. You may still see some white center in the pearls, but as long as the pearls are soft and chewy, they are done cooking. Do not overcook them or they will turn gooey instead 4. Drain off the cooking liquid and rinse the pearls in running water to get rid of the extra starch. Keep the pearls soaked in cold water while you prepare other things. This is to prevent the pearls from sticking to each other

5. Use half of the melon to prepare melon milk. Put the melon, evaporated milk, salt in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Add the syrup according to your taste and the sweetness of the melon. You may use all or you may not. Stir to combine. Cover and keep it chilled in the fridge 6. Dice the other half of the melon into bite-size pieces. I don’t have a melon baller, if you do, you can use that instead for a prettier presentation 7. Drain off the soaking water for tapioca pearls. Add the pearls and the melon pieces into the milk mixture. Cover and let them chill for 2-3 hours before serving. Serve chilled. You can also add some ice cubes just before serving Honeydew Melon Sago Dessert (Sai Mai Lo)

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Honeydew Melon Sago Dessert (Sai Mai Lo)

Honeydew Melon Sago Dessert (Sai Mai Lo)

Prep Time 20 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Chill in the fridge 3 hrs

Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins

Servings 3 servings

Ingredients  

  • 450 gr honey dew melon/ cantaloupe
  • 250 ml evaporated milk you can also use coconut milk, cow's milk, or other milk of your choice
  • tsp salt

Syrup:

  • 120 ml water
  • 60 gr sugar

To cook tapioca pearls:

  • 90 gr small tapioca pearls
  • 750 ml water

Instructions 

Prepare the syrup:

  • Bring water and sugar to a boil until just sugar melts. Turn off the heat and let it cool

Cook the small tapioca pearls:

  • Bring 750 ml of water to a boil. Add tapioca pearls and let it cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Stirring every now and then to prevent the pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Turn off the heat and cover. Let the pearls sit for 10 minutes

  • After 10 minutes, the tapioca pearls should be cooked through. You may still see some white center in the pearls, but as long as the pearls are soft and chewy, they are done cooking. Do not overcook them or they will turn gooey instead

  • Drain off the cooking liquid and rinse the pearls in running water to get rid of the extra starch. Keep the pearls soaked in cold water while you prepare other things. This is to prevent the pearls from sticking to each other

Prepare melon milk:

  • Use half of the melon to prepare melon milk. Put the melon, evaporated milk, salt in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Add the syrup according to your taste and the sweetness of the melon. You may use all or you may not. Stir to combine. Cover and keep it chilled in the fridge

  • Dice the other half of the melon into bite-size pieces. I don't have a melon baller, if you do, you can use that instead for a prettier presentation

Assembling:

  • Drain off the soaking water for tapioca pearls. Add the pearls and the melon pieces into the milk mixture. Cover and let them chill for 2-3 hours before serving

Serve:

  • Serve chilled. You can also add some ice cubes just before serving

How to store:

  • The leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Honeydew Melon Sago Dessert (Sai Mai Lo)

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.