Bubur Cha Cha (Simplified)

About 15 years ago, I made my first bubur cha cha. It is a mixture of coconut milk, sweet potatoes and chewy starch dumplings. And I have to say, those colourful starch balls are my nemesis.

I remember giving grandma several calls to figure out how to make these things. Her advice? Stir in enough hot water until it looks like it’s done. -_-” My grandma was an excellent cook and never measured anything in her culinary experience. She got everything just perfect. Me? Not so much. Heh. I did attempt it that day and my dear grandma so kindly gave me the thumbs up. But having to toss out 3 batches of starchy dumplings, I told myself I’ll never attempt them again.

What I didn’t know was that I would never make bubur cha cha again until last month. When I got an epiphany. I could ALWAYS make bubur cha cha without the dreaded coloured starch things. I never really liked them anyway.
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It turns out, bubur cha cha is delicious even without starchy bits! I added in more sago balls as a sort of substitute for the starchy texture but really, sweet potatoes in a coconut milk soup? Never bad.
Bubur Cha Cha 2

And I didn’t miss the artificial colouring at all when we have such colourful natural ingredients already.
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I prefer to boil this for a short amount of time just until the potatoes are tender, which doesn’t take long at all, making this a pretty quick dessert to make!
Bubur Cha Cha 4

I like this both warm and cold! Some would say that having this the day after, straight from the fridge, is a guilty pleasure.
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I can’t give too precise a recipe seeing as this is pretty much up to taste but I can share with you what I did. I doubt you’d mess this up even if you tried. Unless you want to add those finicky starchy dumplings. Then I’d warn you to proceed with caution. (No, I’m not being dramatic.)


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Bubur Cha Cha (Simplified)
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Serves: 6
  • 2 cups peeled & cubed Sweet Potato + Yam mixture
  • 2 chunks Honeycomb Sugar (or ¾ cup Brown Sugar)
  • 3 Pandan Leaves, knotted
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 5 cups Water, more if needed to submerge ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Sago Pearls
  1. In a large pot, place everything in except the sago pearls. Bring to a boil then down to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes & yam are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, soak sago pearls in ½ cup water for 1-2 minutes until swollen. Drain.
  3. When sweet potatoes & yam are just about tender, pour in soaked sago pearls & continue to simmer until they become translucent.
  4. Serve hot, warm, cold or any which way you like.

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