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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.
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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
- Put coconut milk and water in a saucepan.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Add sugar, pandan extract, salt and tapioca pearls.
- 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.
- Add corn kernels and gently stir together.
- Let simmer for another 2–3 minutes.
- Remove from stove. Serve warm in a cup or a bowl. Garnish with a few extra corn kernels (optional).
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- taro root, cut into tiny cubes
- sweet potato, cut into tiny cubes
- plain agar-agar or jello
- chopped water chestnuts
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