Taro Coconut Tapioca Dessert

This taro dessert is very popular in Chinese community. On the whole, cooking this dessert is not difficult, but cooking tapioca pearls is quite tricky.



4 cups water
1 cup small, white tapioca pearls
6 cups water
2 cups raw taro root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk
2/3 cup rock sugar candy


In a saucepan with a lid, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, and stir in the tapioca pearls (pearls will swell in size). Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook the tapioca until pearls begin to soften, about 7 minutes. Cover the pan, and let the tapioca pearls stand for 10 to 15 minutes, until the centers are clear. Gently drain the excess water, and set the pearls aside.
Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan and stir in the taro root. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer the taro until soft, about 10 minutes. Add coconut milk and rock sugar, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and simmer for 20 more minutes to blend the coconut milk and taro. Gently stir in the soft tapioca pearls until well combined. Let cool to room temperature, or serve chilled.

Source : allrecipes.com