Sunday, December 07, 2008

Abuk Abuk

This kuih is one of the easiest to make and only 3 ingredients can created the most delectable morsel of delight.

150 g sago pearls, soaked for 10 minutes, drain dry
80 g grated coconut
50 g brown sugar
50 g sugar
1/2 tsp pandan paste

Banana leaves - cut into 6 inch circles - scalded to soften

Combine sago pearls, grated coconut and sugars together, mixing well.
Divide mixture into 2 portions.
Add pandan paste to one of the portion.
Fold the banana leaf circle into half to form a semi-circle. Fold again to form a cone.
Fill cone with halfway with plain sago mixture and then top with the pandan sago mixture.
Fold down the banana leaf to cover the cone and stand it on its base.
Steam Abuk Abuk over high heat for 8 - 10 minutes.


TheLeeGirls said...

I remembered making this from my Home Economics class, seeing this brings back memories.


Little Corner of Mine said...

This is yummy!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this recipe Lily. Abuk abuk is one of my favourite kueh. However, I'm usually too lazy to use the banana leaf to wrap them because it's not that readily available here in Auckland. I usually just steam mine in a metal tray and cut it into squares.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lily,

Is this recipe Malaysian? Look pretty interesting and will try it out.


bib2004 said...

Hey Lily, I'm curious if the fresh grated coconut can be replaced with desicated coconut instead? I cant get any fresh ones here :(

YM said...

Hi Lily, will it be possible for me to substitute the fresh grated coconut with desicated coconut instead?

lilyng said...


yes, it is malaysian and very nonya.

You could use gula melaka and sugar as a filling which goes inbetween the plain and green sago and please do add in 3 tbsp of sugar to the sago and coconut miture.

lilyng said...

bib2004 and ym

yes desiccated coconut will be fine but add in a few tablespoons of coconut milk or water to the mixture as if too dry a mixture, then the sago will be too chewy.

Rebecca said...

Hi Lily,

I wonder how come you can soak the sago in water for 10 mins. I did once and all broken into a sago flour mixture !

My friend told me that after boiling it for 10 mins or so then stand them in the hot water for 5-10 mins and reboil them if not cook, only then I got the pearls and not the flour water any more.


lilyng said...


perhaps you have got a bag of sago that has been sitting on the shelf for a long time.

will try your friend's way of cooking sago, if i have a chance

WaiMay said...

Hi Lily,

banana leaves r not sold where I live, but I like the idea of a leave wrapped dessert, what substitute can I use ?


lilyng said...


sorry i can't think of any other leaves as a subsitute. I hope other reader's can help

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