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Nyonya Coconut Milk Dessert

Bo Bo Cha Cha Bubur Cha Cha 摩摩喳喳
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Also known as 'bubur cha-cha' (摩摩喳喳), this thick coconut milk asian dessert is sweet and hearty.

Looking at a bowl of colourful dessert like 'bo bo (bubur) cha cha' makes me feel just so delighted! Basically, this dessert is made up of sweet potatoes and taro which are then cooked in coconut milk. As it is one of the more famous 'Nyonya/Peranakan' desserts, it can be found in many 'peranakan' restaurants or even dessert stalls. This delicacy can be served warm or chilled.

The preparation for 'Bo bo cha cha' is rather simple. The only daunting step is to prepare the tapioca jellies. They look really pretty, like stained glass. Many commented that these tapioca jellies did not turn out too well. The trick to preparing the jellies is to use really hot water. The water has to be boiling hot!

As for cooking the sago, do ensure enough of water is used to prevent them from sticking together. The ratio of water to sago should be 3:1. Keep stirring the sago as you cook them.

Banana slices add an extra punch to this dessert. This is however optional. Some prefer to keep this dessert as simple as possible with just some taro and sweet potatoes. However, it is no harm being more creative. You will love the result!


  • 140 g taro
  • 140 g sweet potatoes
  • 1 bananas
  • 40 g sago
  • 50 ml water
  • 80 g tapioca flour
  • 160 g sugar
  • 250 g coconut milk
  • 3 pandan leaves
  • salt
  • food coloring

Steps to Prepare

  1. To prepare the tapioca jelly, create a dough by adding water to the tapioca flour. The water has to be boiling hot or else the flour would not form a dough.
  2. Divide the dough into two portions and add red and green colouring separately.
  3. Flatten the doughs and cut them into smaller pieces.
  4. Boil the pieces of dough until they turn translucent.
  5. Once cooked, put them into a bowl of cold water to prevent them from sticking together.
  6. Steam the diced taro, purple sweet potatoes and yellow sweet potatoes for 20 minutes.
  7. Cook sago in a pot of boiling water until translucent. Sieve the cooked sago to remove excess water. After that, add cold water to the cooked sago to prevent them from sticking together.
  8. Cut banana into bite sized pieces.
  9. Add sugar to 250ml of water. Adjust the sweetness according to taste.
  10. Add coconut milk.
  11. Add taro, sweet potatoes, sago, tapioca jellies and lastly, bananas.
  12. Allow the 'Bo Bo Cha Cha' to simmer.

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Grace Teo

Grace Teo introduces exotic and authentic Asian food that reflects the ethnic diversity of her home country, Malaysia. The result is a unique harmony of flavors.

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