Yok Manee: Thai Pandan Tapioca Pudding
Yok Manee (ขนมหยกมณี) is a popular Thai dessert made of sweet pandan sago topped with shredded coconut. This dessert is also called ‘Pandan Tapioca Pearls Pudding’. Characteristically, it is quite sweet and sticky – hence, this is also the reason why this ‘khanom’ (sweet) is commonly served in Thai wedding ceremonies. Thai people believe that if the married couple eat Yok Manee, they will never be separated from one another. Thus, their love will be as sweet and strong as this sticky pudding 🙂
Ingredients for 3-4 portions:
- 1 cup of sago
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 pandan juice
- green food colouring
- 2 cups of ripe shredded coconut
- 1/2 TSP salt
In a first step, wash the sago in water and then drain it. Set it aside and prepare the coconut topping. Put the shredded coconut on a plate and add the salt. Then toss the coconut and the salt until both are well combined. Set this aside too. Then heat some water in a large pan or work and put the sago in. Add the sugar and stir everything well together until the mixture thickens. Eventually, add in the pandan juice and some drops of green food colouring. Stir again and then pour the mixture on a tray and let it cool down. When the mixture is cold, scoop it and roll up with the coconut. Keep on rolling until the scoop is completely covered with coconut shreds. Put the pudding scoops on a plate and you’re ready to serve!
The following video will demonstrate you how to prepare Yok Manee!
Hope you’ll give this amazing traditional Thai dessert a try!
(P.S. Please check out my Thai Food Dictionary for more general information)