Sago’t Gulaman

This is Sago’t Gulaman. Sago, also known as tapioca pearls, is a starch extracted from tapioca which is a common food ingredient in Asian countries like China, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. Sago is a common ingredient in many desserts and beverages. Enjoy this recipe from all of us at Filipino Chow.


  • 3 cups of brown sugar for syrup
  • 1 cup of brown sugar for sago
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups of tapioca pearls
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 can of grass jelly, cubed
  • ice


  1. Soak the tapioca pearls in water for at least an hour to soften them.
  2. Drain it then place them in a large pot with 3 cups of the water and 1 cup of brown sugar.
  3. Bring the tapioca pearls to a boil.
  4. Cook until the tapioca pearls become transparent then drain them and set them aside to cool.
  5. In a separate pot add the 2 tbsp of sugar and scorch it, but do not burn it.
  6. Then add the water, vanilla and the remaining sugar.
  7. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Make sure that the sugar is totally dissolved, then you have a simple syrup.
  9. Strain the syrup using a cheese cloth or any clean cloth to separate the sand-like grains from the sugar, leaving a clear brown syrup.
  10. Now pour the syrup in glass then add tapioca pearls, cubed grass jelly, water and ice.

Grass jelly is a common food item in asia but not so much in western culinary culture. Your best bet for finding this is at an asian grocery store, if you can find one.


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