Bubur Cha Cha – Simple Malaysian Dessert

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This bubur cha cha recipe is another one of my late mother recipes and to be frank, I never intended to note down this recipe until a friend asked if I know how to make bubur cha cha, and so I create this recipe from a basic recipe which I shared earlier.

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Bubur Cha Cha

Bubur Cha Cha is one of our Malaysian favorites, especially in Penang, they are coconut milk infused desserts, with sweet potatoes, yams, and bananas. The dessert soup is first boiled with pandan leaves, sugar, and salt. This dessert is also well known in Indonesia and Singapore.

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The other Two Sweet Potatoes Dessert

Sago Sweet Potatoes Dessert

Traditionally Bubur Cha Cha does not have sago, sago is an extracted starch from the centre of palm trees (they are widely used to make keropok lekor). There is Sago dessert which is usually Honeydew Sago dessert, mango or fruit sort of dessert. So I thought why not Sago Sweet Potatoes dessert? I tried this combination and they turn out to be great.

Chinese Style Sweet Potatoes Dessert

This is one of my mother’s favorite, she always loves a bowl of mildly sweetened Sweet Potatoes Dessert. What makes the Chinese style different than the other? Ginger is added which gives it a slight peppery sensation in a delightful way. Check it out as this is my mother’s true recipe!

Author have a say…

Traditionally, Bubur Cha Cha is a dessert and also a breakfast dish in Malaysia and Singapore. Bubur literally means porridge and Cha Cha is tapioca starch mixed with sweet potato, banana, yam which explain the coloration. In general, there is many version of it. Initially I got a request from a friend of how does he make Bubur Cha Cha at home and while I was getting on the video, I realized that I could simply break it down into a basic sweet potato dessert recipe as a base recipe and the base recipe can be innovate into a few more exciting dessert recipe – Bubur Cha Cha, Sago Sweet Potato Dessert and also the Chinese Style Sweet Potato Dessert!

Bubur Cha Cha Recipe and 2 other Sweet Potato Dessert

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This Bubur Cha Cha recipe was curated with a basic sweet potato dessert recipe. With that basic recipe, you can actually make Sago Sweet Potato Dessert and also a Chinese style Sweet Potato Dessert that my late mother always liked to cook for me as a kid.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indonesian, Malay, Singaporean
Difficulty Easy
Servings 6 people


Bubur Cha Cha

  • 1 cup Dried Cha Cha
  • 1 knot Pandan Leaves
  • 1 pcs Banana
  • Coconut Milk (for topping)

Sago Sweet Potato Dessert

  • 1 cup Dried Sago (plain, flavored or colored is fine)
  • Coconut Milk (for topping)

Chinese Style Sweet Potato Dessert

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Bubur Cha Cha

  • Bring a pot of water to boil then reduce to a simmer.
  • Add Dried Cha Cha.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes or until the cha cha is cooked.
  • Rinse the hot Cha Cha in a cold water bath to stop the cooking.
  • Strain the Cha Cha and set aside.
  • Serve Cha Cha with the basic sweet potato dessert recipe and fresh banana slices.

Sago Sweet Potato Dessert

  • Bring a pot of water to boil.
  • Add Dried Sago and let it boil for about 30 seconds.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes or until sago is cooked (transparent).
  • Rinse the cooked sago in a cold water bath to stop cooking.
  • Strain Sago.
  • Serve basic sweet potato dessert with the topping of sago.

Chinese Style Sweet Potato Dessert

  • Peel and crush ginger.
  • Add sweet potato dessert and crushed ginger into a pot.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour into a bowl and serve hot.



Calories : 1kcalCarbohydrates : 1gProtein : 1gFat : 1gSodium : 1mgSugar : 1g
*These Nutritional Values have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration
Keyword Bubur Cha Cha, Sago Dessert, Sweet Potato Dessert

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