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Name:Gulla Malacca Contributor:Martin Golding
Description:Gulla Malacca, Brown sugar syrup, Coconut cream Posted:1999-01-09
Key words:tapioca Category:Desserts
ID:216 Updated:2005-11-28 00:47:07
Ingredients:1/2 c large pearl tapioca, NOT instant, soaked overnight in
3 c water
1 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with 1 Tbsp water

Brown sugar syrup:
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c water

Coconut cream:
1 c unsweetened dried coconut
1 c evaporated milk
1 c milk
Preparation:Add brown sugar and salt to soaked tapioca, simmer until transparent (about
an hour), stirring often.

Add cornstarch combined with water, cook until clear.

Put into jello mold or individual custard cups and chill.
Serve with brown sugar syrup (below) and coconut cream (belower).


Brown sugar syrup:
Heat, stirring, until all the sugar is dissolved. Cool.


Coconut cream:
Bring to a boil, squeeze in a cheesecloth bag or ricer while still
hot, and chill.

Alternative: Open a can of coconut milk. I've seen this made, but
in these enlightened times, I've never had reason to make it myself.

NOTE that coconut milk (an extract of ripe coconut) is unrelated in
ANY WAY to coconut water, the tart juice from an unripe coconut.
Notes:Gulla Malacca is the only excuse I know for tapioca. Wait! Stop that finger (I see it heading for the 'delete' key!). This recipe comes from southeast asia, where tapioca is a food substance; the tapioca pudding recipes YOU'RE thinking about are inherited from the English, where, like sago pudding, blancmange, and spotted dick, they were developed to punish school boys (which explains why, before today's gentler treatment, so many young Englishmen set off around the world, in search of something decent to eat).

This was originally made of palm sugar (gulla malacca translates 'molaccan sugar'), but brown sugar is a perfectly satisfactory substitute. The pudding is, essentially, an excuse to spoon up large quantities of brown sugar syrup and coconut milk, so if you serve it without either, don't come whining to me about how it's boring.

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