When you see coconuts, you think of tropical islands, sandy beaches and refreshing coconut water straight from its shell. However, for Asians, coconuts are more than just coconut water. In fact, it has become such a staple in our lives that we practically use it for everything; from decorations, to making cleaning appliances up to using its flesh and water in our cooking as well.
Let me tell you one fact about coconuts. When you cook with coconuts, your food, especially curries will taste better than before. Trust me, I am Asian and I know my stuff, especially about cooking with coconuts.
Heavenly Coconut Milk Desserts
I know that I have mentioned how much we Asians love our coconuts before, And, to show how much we are in love with it, we even incorporate it into our desserts and seriously, I personally feel that we Asians have revamp the way of eating and enjoying desserts by making some of the most delectable coconut milk desserts that everyone should try at least once in life.
Besides being delicious, coconut milk certainly helps to lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure and prevent heart attacks. Please don’t go drinking tubs of this stuff though. It is high in calories so, as with most things, moderation is key.
If you ask me, the best way to enjoy these benefits are just by trying out one of these coconut milk desserts instead.
1. Bubur Pulut Hitam
Bubur Pulut Hitam or Black Glutinous Rice Porridge is the first of the five beloved coconut milk desserts we have available here in Malaysia.
Despite its name being ‘black;, its colour is a deep purplish colour and has the consistency of thick English porridge but taste even better!
Bubur Pulut Hitam is usually served warm as a teatime or after dinner delicacy in most Malay and Chinese household. However, that doesn’t stop us from enjoying it at anytime of the day especially when we have this recipe handy.
2. Durian Sticky Rice
You may know its slightly more popular Thai cousin, the mango sticky rice dish, but our Malaysian variant is no less delicious too!
This second coconut milk dessert is a simple fare consisting of three ingredients; some sweet durian flesh, fluffy glutinous rice and copious amount of salty-sweet coconut milk.
Malaysians usually enjoy it during the durian season and be warned that it is a very rich and creamy coconut milk dessert. So, if you are trying to watch your figure, forget about dieting and just indulge yourself!
3. Sago Gula Melaka
The third dessert listed is slightly more lighter than the previous two coconut milk desserts listed. A simple fare of sago, coconut milk and gula melaka syrup, it has such a fresh flavour palate that you can actually wolf down two or more of this.
However, the ratio of each ingredient in this dessert must be at the perfect number. If not, it can go from delicious to mediocre in a minute. Nonetheless, if you are ever in doubt, just drench the sago with lots of coconut milk and gula melaka syrup. That always works!
If you haven’t try this coconut milk desser yet, don’t be sad. Send your comments below and make your demands known to me so I can share the best sago gula melaka recipe for you to try right after!
We’re almost at the end of our coconut milk desserts list and I think I don’t need to give any introduction to the most popular of all coconut milk desserts.
If you tell me, you don’t know what cendol is, stop with whatever you are doing and go to the nearest cendol stall and try it! Not here in Malaysia? Well, reading the wikipedia page would suffice then.
So, among all the coconut milk desserts, this is the only dessert that is served cold. Making cendol is not rocket science, you need some pandan rice flour jelly, coconut milk, clumps of glutinous rice, red beans and gula melaka. Once you know where to get the ingredients, you can just make it in the comforts of your home and enjoy it during hot summer days. So good!
5. Bubur Cha Cha
Bubur Cha Cha or Nyonya Coconut Milk dessert is one of the loveliest and colourful coconut milk desserts that we Malaysians have to offer.
It is commonly made with cut sweet potatoes, pearled sago and taro, drenched in sweet coconut milk and can be served either hot or cold, depending your mood.
It is one of the more elusive of coconut milk desserts since you don’t usually find it being sold commercially. So, if you can learn and make it yourself, that would be the better option.
Give Me These Coconut Milk Dessert Recipes!
I am sure there are more coconut milk desserts but these are the ones that I can find. If you have recipes or other coconut milk desserts, don’t be shy from sharing it with me. Just send me a DM or a message via Butterkicap’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
I hope you are a little bit more educated about these desserts and have fun trying them whenever you have the chance. It will definitely blow your mind!
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