A straightforward recipe here. Wonder how the texture compares with the many other cake recipes from grandmother’s notebook?
With 25th December just round the corner, I thought I’d post this newspaper clipping (probably from The Straits Times) which grandma stuck inside her notebook, right on the first page. The facing page has some notes dated 22 December 1957, as you can see here.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
This one is interesting because of the use of ‘quick cooking tapioca’. I had always thought this was a western name for what is more commonly know in Singapore/Malaysia as ‘sago’ (here, ‘tapioca’ immediately brings to mind the entire root vegetable, not processed pearls). However a quick search on the internet reveals that sago and tapioca pearls are similar but not identical. Apparently they can be used interchangeably. I have no idea whether the ‘sago’ I have been eating in kueh-kueh all these years is technically from the sago palm or from the tapioca (cassava) plant!Incidentally, one of my favourite childhood desserts is sago pudding, which is not commonly sold at food stalls or restaurants. It’s so simple yet so delicious: chilled sago mounds sitting in a swirl of coconut milk and gula melaka sugar **yummmm**.
For a long time I didn’t realise that those chewy, ‘QQ’ pearls in bubble tea are actually made from tapioca too – humongous cousins of the teeny little sago pearls in sago pudding! Read more here about bubble tea pearls and the difference between American and Southeast Asian perceptions of tapioca/sago pearls.