Sugar Palm Fruit Dessert

November 25, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Sugar Palm Fruit Dessert

Indulge in Summer Bliss: Sugar Palm Fruit Dessert

Savor the essence of summer with the delectable Sugar Palm Fruit Dessert, a delightful treat centered around the luscious palm fruit. These jelly-like fruits, highly cherished for their deliciousness and nutritional benefits, are seasonal gems that grace our palates during the warm summer months. The author’s childhood fondness for these fruits has inspired the creation of a dessert that not only captures their natural sweetness but is also easy to make.

A Symphony of Ingredients

The ingredients for this culinary creation include glutinous rice, white tapioca pearl or sago, palm fruit slices, coconut milk or cream, sea salt, palm sugar, and water. The combination of these elements promises a symphony of flavors and textures, making the dessert a harmonious blend of sweetness and richness. The palm fruit’s unique jelly-like texture contributes to the overall appeal of this delightful concoction.

A Culinary Journey in a Pot

The preparation process unfolds in a medium-sized pot, where water is brought to a boil before the addition of soaked glutinous rice. As the rice cooks, palm fruit, sugar, salt, and a portion of coconut are gently stirred over low heat, allowing the flavors to meld and the rice to soften. The addition of soaked sago follows, creating a translucent, gelatinous texture. The pot is then left to rest, allowing the dessert to reach its full flavor potential.

Serving Warm, Savoring Later

The finished dessert is served warm, with a final touch of coconut cream on top of each bowl. The warm, comforting sweetness of the Sugar Palm Fruit Dessert is best enjoyed immediately. However, if any is left over, it can be refrigerated for up to two days and reheated when ready to indulge again. This culinary creation stands as a testament to the simplicity and deliciousness that can be achieved with seasonal ingredients, making it a perfect addition to the repertoire of summer desserts.


1 cup of glutinous rice soaked (1 hr) and strained
1/2 cup of white tapioca pearl/sago soaked (10 mins) and strained
1 tin palm fruit (200 gram), drained and sliced 1 cm thick
1 cup of coconut milk/cream
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup of palm sugar
2 cup of water

Directions to make Sugar Palm Fruit Dessert

  1. Put water to a medium size pot and bring to boil.
  2. Add rice and cook for 15 mins over medium heat.
  3. Next add palm fruit, sugar, salt and half of the coconut. Stir gently over low heat and let it simmer until the rice softens.
  4. And add sago and stir gently until the sago becomes translucent.
  5. Turn off heat and let it rest for 15 mins.
  6. Using a ladle, pour into individual bowls. Finish with 1 tbsp of remaining coconut cream on the top in each bowls.


Serve warm. If left over, keep refrigerated for up to 2 days and reheat in pot.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4

Calories Per Serving: 488

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏64g 23%
Total Fat ‏17g 22%
Saturated Fat ‏13g 65%
Dietary Fiber ‏2g 7%
Protein ‏6g 12%
Sodium ‏493mg 21%
Sugars ‏8g 16%


30 min


30 min




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