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Taro Tapioca Pearl Dessert

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    Do you have a friend who is your friend’s sister’s husband’s cousin? I actually do and she is happened to be a food blogger! Her name is Cindy from Weeknite Meals. I have never met her as we live in different states, but my friend introduced to her sister about me and my blog, and she told her cousin-in-law about me. Cindy works full-time but she makes delicious Asian meals (mostly Chinese dishes) everyday. So if you think you are too busy to cook, please visit her site because she has very easy & yummy dishes that you can prepare in a short time.

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    Today to celebrate my new friendship with Cindy, I’m sharing her Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup. Ever since she posted this recipe on her site, I had been wanting to try. After all I’m married to a Taiwanese American husband and I eat more Chinese food now when we eat out with friends. I even go to the specific Chinese restaurant which offers this dessert soup at the end (usually complimentary). It is so yummy! I guess I can go to any Chinese restaurant now since I know how to make this dessert at home. Thank you Cindy!

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    4.41 from 22 votes
    taro tapioca in black and white bowl on top of wood tray
    Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    50 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr

    I'm sharing Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup. I'm married to a Taiwanese American husband and I eat more Chinese food now when we eat out with friends.  I even go to the specific Chinese restaurant which offers this dessert soup at the end (usually complimentary).  It is so yummy!  

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Chinese
    Keyword: tapioca, taro soup
    Servings: 6
    Author: Nami
    • 1.5 lb Taro (Satoimo) (1.5 lb = about 7 taro roots) (or Chinese taro root)
    • ½ cup tiny tapioca balls
    • 1 can coconut milk (1 can = 13.5 fl oz) (or could be more depending on how loose you want your soup to be)
    • 1 cup sugar (adjust the amount according to the extra coconut milk you add)
    1. Peel and cut taro root into ½ inch pieces.
      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 1
    2. In a medium saucepan, put 4 cups of water and taro and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and cook 20 minutes, or until skewer goes into taro smoothly.
      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 2-a
    3. When the taro is ready, drain the water and mash it. You don’t have to mash everything liked mashed potatoes. It’s nice to leave some chunks.
      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 3-a
    4. Meanwhile, in a small/medium saucepan, bring another 2 cups of water to a boil. When boiling, add the tapioca and cook 6 minutes.
      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 4-a
    5. After 6 minutes, turn off the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit for 10- 15 minutes, or until the pearls are translucent and you can no longer see the white center. When it's done, strain it in a colander and run water through it to prevent from overcooking.
      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 5
    6. Add the coconut milk to the taro root and stir well.
      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 6
    7. Stir in the tapioca.
      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 7-a
    8. Add sugar and cook over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.

      Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 7-b
    9. Serve either warm or chilled.
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    Recipe Notes

    Adapted from Weeknite Meals, originally from Use Real Butter.


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