Gula Melaka (Dark Palm Sugar)

Gula Melaka is the sugar from a coconut tree. Combined with coconut milk and poured over a sago pearl pudding, make this dessert a true delight.

Gula Melaka has a flavor similar to brown sugar, otherwise known in English as Palm Sugar or 'Malacca Sugar'.

Use gula melaka when making Asian dishes for an authentic sweet and sour flavour profile.

Other Common Names: Palm Sugar.

Recipe

Sago Pudding (Gula Melaka)

4 cups water
3 ounces pearl sago, rinsed and drained
3 ounces palm sugar
3 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon water
3/4 cup and 2 teaspoons coconut milk

Bring the 4 cups water to a boil in a large pot. Gradually stir in the sago so that it does not clump. Return to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until the sago turns translucent, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Pour the sago into jelly molds, and refrigerate overnight.

In a small saucepan, stir together the palm sugar and water. Bring to a boil, and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Strain through a fine sieve to remove grit. Unmold the puddings, and serve with the coconut milk and palm sugar syrup (gula melaka) separately for each person to pour over their serving.