Sago and Fruit Mix Recipe

Remember your childhood days with palamig or samalamig? Time to recreate your favorite in this sago and fruit mix.

This one dessert-type of drink is very popular among Filipinos. Along with street-food vendors, samalamig, sometimes sago’t gulaman, is very common on the streets and school canteens. Kids do love this drink! Variety of colors due to the colored sago. Bright, lively drink! Well, summer or not, this thirst-quenching juice is a favorite. Why not recreate this Filipino slushy drink? Let’s do it!

This recipe is easy. Instead of just having sago and gulaman, we will add some brightly colored fruits for that refreshing feel. Sago or pearl tapioca is that dry, opaque ball starch that is commonly extracted from cassava. These pearls must be soaked well before cooking to rehydrate them, absorbing water up to twice their volume. After rehydration, tapiocas become leathery and swollen. Sometimes white, but usually colored, these raw, opaque pearls will become translucent when cooked in boiling water.

Aside from the usual sugar syrup in samalamig, another added twist in this recipe is the added coconut milk. Well, that’s rich. Now, indulge yourself! Happy drinking!



  • 1 cup tapioca ( sago )
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Fresh fruits

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Boil half a pot of water
  2. Put in tapioca. Cook for 5 minutes until opaque, then remove.
  3. Pour coconut milk into the pot.
  4. Add 1 cup water and bring to boil. Stir to prevent clotting.
  5. Add sugar to taste, stir well, and remove from heat.
  6. Add cooked tapioca and stir well.
  7. Add some sliced fresh fruit ( strawberry slices, orange wedges, etc.)


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