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Easy Thai Dessert: Tapioca and Corn Pudding

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Thai Tapioca and Corn Pudding

Thai Tapioca and Corn Pudding

This tapioca and corn pudding, known in Thai as "saku kao pod," is a popular dessert that many Thai natives consider to be comfort food. What make this sweet dish so hard to resist are the creaminess of coconut milk, the exotic aroma of pandan, and the nice contrasting texture between chewy tapioca pearls and crunchy corn kernels. Better yet, such delicacy can be achieved in just about fifteen minutes. You don't have to be familiar with Thai cuisine at all in order to pull this one off!

What Are Tapioca Pearls?

Tapioca pearls are starchy little balls, made from cassava roots. In the dry form, they are very hard and opaque in color. Once they are immersed in liquid and absorb some moisture, however, they quickly turn translucent, double in size, as well as become soft and slightly chewy in texture. Tapioca pearls are naturally white, yet also available in a variety of colors. In many Asian cuisines, these chewy balls are often used to add texture to desserts and drinks. As for their nutrition, tapioca pearls contain mainly carbohydrates and small amounts of dietary fiber, protein, calcium, and iron. They may not be nutritious enough to be considered a "health food," but they surely have more to offer than just empty calories.

Tapioca Pearls (Dry)

Tapioca Pearls (Dry)

Cook Time

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15 min

15 min

1 serving (about 1 cup)


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pandan extract, (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons small tapioca pearls
  • 1/2 cup whole sweet corn kernels
  • a pinch of salt
Cooking Tapioca Pearls

Cooking Tapioca Pearls


  1. Put coconut milk and water in a saucepan.
  2. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Add sugar, pandan extract, salt and tapioca pearls.
  4. Let simmer until the tapioca pearls are completely tender (about 5 - 10 minutes). Stir often, so that the tapioca pearls won't lump together on the bottom.
  5. Add corn kernels and gently stir together.
  6. Let simmer for another 2–3 minutes.
  7. Remove from stove. Serve warm in a cup or a bowl. Garnish with a few extra corn kernels (optional).
Tapioca and Corn Pudding - Ready to Be Served!

Tapioca and Corn Pudding - Ready to Be Served!

Other Good Ingredients to Add to This Dessert

  • shredded coconut
  • taro root, cut into tiny cubes
  • sweet potato, cut into tiny cubes
  • plain agar-agar or jello
  • chopped water chestnuts

Bua Loy

Bua Loy: The star ingredient in this Thai dessert soup is the sweet rice balls with a melt-in-your-mouth texture. With only 5 ingredients required, it is pretty easy and fun to make. If you have kids, invite them to join you in the kitchen. They might enjoy the process of transforming the dough into cute tiny balls. Plus, you can also give your bua loy a little pizzazz with food coloring.

Khao Tom Mud

Khao Tom Mud: This old-school dessert is basically a banana-stuffed rice cake, wrapped and steamed in banana leaf. The gentle aroma of banana leaf that permeates into the rice lends it such a delicate taste and exotic appeal. This recipe, although a bit complicated, is totally worth your time and effort.

Sticky Rice with Mango: Khao Neow Mamuang

Sticky Rice with Mango: Khao Neow Mamuang

No Bake Macaroons

No Bake Macaroons: Known in Thai as "kanom pang jee," these coconut goodies take less than 15 minutes to prepare. Plus, they are dairy-free, gluten-free, and most importantly, fuss-free! It's definitely a simple recipe anyone can make.

Feel free to rate this Thai dessert recipe!


Om Paramapoonya (author) on July 01, 2013:

@KDeus - Awesome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D

Keely Deuschle from Florida on July 01, 2013:

Om, I made this tonight and I wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved it! I added the pandan extract, too, that I easily found at my local Asian market. I will definitely be making this again soon! Thank you for introducing me to something new!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on June 19, 2013:

@KDeus - Hope you give this Thai dessert recipe a try soon! I'm sure you'll like it :)

Keely Deuschle from Florida on June 17, 2013:

I love tapioca pudding, but have never had it with corn! I'm very much looking forward to trying your Thai Tapioca recipe! Thank you for sharing it with us! Voted up, shared, and pinned!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 31, 2013:

@Kathryn Stratford - Thanks! Hope you try this Thai tapioca pudding and maybe also some of my other recipes soon. :)

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 29, 2013:

Mmm, this looks great! I have had tapioca pudding, but have never made it from scratch. I have had a type of corn pudding, but nothing like this! I want to try this sometime. I also like your selection of other tasty desserts. It's very clever to add them at the end, with the description and photo. I'll check them out at some point.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful night.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on May 28, 2013:

Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for your kind words, votes and pins. I'm so glad you guys find this Thai dessert recipe interesting and worth-trying! :)

moonlake from America on May 27, 2013:

My husband loves tapioca he would love the recipe. Vote up and five stars.

Natasha from Hawaii on May 27, 2013:

I love tapioca pudding, but I've never had it with corn! Pinning!

livingsta from United Kingdom on May 27, 2013:

Thank you for this recipe. I remembered a sweet custard like pudding that we used to prepare in our hometown. I did not know that these pearls were made from tapioca. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is very easy and definitely worth a try.

Voted up, interesting, pinning and sharing!

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 26, 2013:

What a great recipe, and it looks like you have a wonderful collection of some of my favorite Thai treats! I love Black Rice Pudding, in particular, but have never known how to make it, so I will read that one, too. Thank you, thank you!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 26, 2013:

This recipe does sound delicious, just like the other recipes on this page, Om. I love the look of Thai desserts! The recipes are educational for me, too, because I'm learning about new ingredients. Thanks for sharing the information.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 26, 2013:

What a great simple recipe! It sounds delicious and perfect for warmer weather. Thanks for sharing.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 26, 2013:

I can see why this is a comfort food! Who could resist creamy pudding made with coconut milk? I would like the addition of more coconut, too. I also enjoyed the additional information about tapioca. Thanks!

Ceres Schwarz on May 26, 2013:

Wow this tapioca and corn pudding dessert recipe looks really good. The images you have make the dessert look really delicious. Now I want to have some. The recipe seems pretty easy to make and doesn't take much time at all.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2013:

I haven't made tapicoa pudding for a very long time and your recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing some good food ideas and recipes.

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