Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Sweet Potato in Palm Sugar Syrup

Going sweet potatoes!

It has been a while and thought what a wonderful way for a comeback with a sweet dessert.

For this simple and tantalizing dessert, we chose two sweet potato varieties: one that had yellow flesh and another with orange flesh. Was actually looking for a third variety with purple flesh but alas, we failed in our search.

Gula Melaka or Palm Sugar makes this dessert more rounded in taste with a hint of a caramel flavour. Palm sugar can be found in most Asian supermarkets where it is normally in cylindrical forms.

500g Sweet Potatoes
1.5L Water
1½ pcs Gula Melaka or to taste
1pcs Ginger, slice (abt 1inch size)
6pcs Pandan Leaves (Screwpine Leaves), knotted

1. Peel and cut Sweet Potatoes into bite size.
2. Bring Water to boil.
3. Add sliced Ginger & Pandan Leaves
3. Add Sweet Potatoes and Gula Melaka. Stir occasionally to ensure Gula Melaka is melted.
4. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
5. Serve.


  1. So you're still alive!!!!!! Haha, minus the sarcasm, just to share, here in Australia, we have white flesh sweet potato as well. In total, if you have all of that you will have 4 types of potatoes in that soup. Add coconut cream and sago clumps, voila, bubur cha cha!!!

    P/S: Where is that pandan leaves???? I love anything pandan-y!!!

  2. Hi Quinn,
    Thanks for reminding me about the pandan leaves. I had put in 6 leaves but totally left it out of the recipe in the blog - will include it in the recipe now :)

  3. Looks absolutely delicious. I love the sweet potatoes in a ginger syrup as well.

  4. I love desserts. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will surely try this out.

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  5. what would the weight of 1 1/2 pc of gula melaka be?

  6. The weight of 1 1/2 pieces would be about 300gm. However, you will have to adjust the taste to your liking as some gula melaka is more dense in taste whilst some are lighter in taste.