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Colorful Tapioca Pearls Drink: A Wondrous Flavor-Burst


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tapioca pearls drink


The “Colorful Tapioca Pearls Drink” is a concoction of unique textures and juicy flavors! A spoonful of this dessert drink sends a joyous treat in the mouth. The popping tapioca pearls, the jelly-like cendol, the juicy sweet mango cubes, bite-like coconut meat, all brought together wonderfully by a rich creamy coconut syrup is simply mind-boggling.

Ingredients for Colorful Tapioca Pearls Drink

For Tapioca Pearls

  • 1 packet of colorful tapioca pearls (14oz)
  • Water (2½ liters)

For Coconut Syrup

  • 1 cup of coconut water (or filtered water)
  • 4 cups of caramel granulated sugar (or palm sugar)
  • 1 packet of coconut milk (about 4½ cups)
  • 2 Pandan leaves (knotted)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Green Noodles (Cendol)

  • 2½ cups of water
  • 8-9 fresh Pandan leaves (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup of rice flour (100grams)
  • 1/3 cup of corn starch (50grams)

For Fruit toppings

  • Young coconut meat
  • Fresh sweet mango (cut in cubes)


To make the coconut syrup

  • Pour the coconut water in a pot and add the caramelized sugar.
  • Place the pot on the stove on low heat, cover, and let it simmer until the sugar dissolves.
  • Next, uncover and pour the coconut milk. Add 2 pandan leaves (tied in a knot) and season with salt. Let it simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
  • Turn off the stove. Transfer the coconut syrup to a bowl and let it cool for an hour or leave it in the fridge overnight.

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To make the Green Noodles (Cendol)

  • Pour the water (2½ cups) in a blender, add the chopped pandan leaves (8-9), and blend in full powder leaving no chunks of pandan leaf.
  • Strain the green liquid onto a pot. Add the rice flour and corn starch. Mix well.
  • Place the pot on the stove over low heat. Keep stirring the mixture occasionally for 10-15 minutes until it turns into a smooth ribbon-like consistency. Turn off the stove.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice-cold water. Put the green mixture into a noodle press and drop the green noodles (cendol) into the ice-cold water. Once all the green mixture is pressed, drain the cold water. Keep aside.

Cook the tapioca pearls & Assemble the Colorful Tapioca Pearls Drink

To cook the tapioca pearls

Bring the water (2½litres) to a rolling boil. Carefully drop the tapioca pearls into the boiling water. Stir continuously for 5 minutes. Then, switch off the stove, cover the pot, and let the tapioca pearls rest for 15 minutes. Next, uncover the pot and rinse (on a mesh strainer) the translucent jelly-like tapioca pearls with cool running water.

To Assemble

  • Take a dessert glass and put 4 tablespoons of the colorful tapioca pearls.
  • Next, add 2 tablespoons of the green noodles (cendol).
  • Top it with 3-4 tablespoons of the coconut meat and 6-7 mango cubes.
  • Pour ½ cup of the sweet coconut syrup and serve.

Tip: If you want the drink to be lighter, add some coconut water. Prepare yummy glasses of “colorful tapioca pearls drink” over the weekend and relish the flavor-burst in your mouth.

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