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Sago Samalamig

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Sago Samalamig is a popular drink in the Philippines sold everywhere from street vendors to popular restaurants, it is made out of brown sugar syrup and sago pearls.


  • 3 tightly packed cups brown sugar for syrup
  • 1 tightly packed cup brown sugar for sago
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups sago
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can grass jelly, cubed (you can find this in Asian Shops)
  • crushed ice


  1. Cook sago according to packet instructions. Once cooked rinse with running tap water, drain then place on a container, pour enough cold water just to cover everything then mix in the 1 cup of brown sugar.
  2. In a pot, add the first 1/4 cup brown sugar and mildly burn it (do not completely burn), then add water, vanilla and the remaining sugar, let it boil then simmer for at least 10 minutes. Make sure that the sugar is totally dissolved.
  3. Using a cheese cloth or muslin, strain the syrup to separate any impurities from the brown sugar.
  4. Now pour the syrup in glass (depends on your liking), add sago, cubed grass jelly and lots of shaved ice.