Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: tapioca, taro soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Author: Nami

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!  



  • 1.5 lb Satoimo (Japanese Taro) (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.
    Taro Tapioca Dessert Soup 8

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Weeknite Meals, originally from Use Real Butter.


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