Another sweet dessert for a sweeter life


My blog is in danger of turning to a dessert only blog! Sorry if I haven´t featured much of my normal savoury dishes, but time has been limited lately and I need to satisfy my hunger before taking any photo of food. So, I can slow down for photo session when it comes to dessert time. It may sound weird to a lot of people, but I think my fellow food bloggers would understand!

Anyway, the dessert I featured today, Osmanthus-scented baked sago pudding, is of Asian theme. Sago pudding is very popular around Southeast Asia and it is often served with coconut milk and/or fresh fruits. Baked sago pudding is also my favourite item in dim sum. But my version is not as rich. It is instead quite light and easy on the palate. The essence of this dish, in my opinion, is the use of osmanthus sugar syrup.


The main ingredient in osmanthus sugar syrup is osmanthus flowers. According to wiki, the flowers are from certain types of plants native to Asia. The flowers are famous for the sweet scent, and are used to add fragrance to desserts, jam and liquor. Some Chinese medicine halls may even sell dried osmanthus flowers, but I haven´t checked them out yet.

The sugar syrup I am using is quite lovely. It has a mild sweetness and a light salty note, which makes the whole flavor quite pleasant. The fragrance is quite elegant, although I did expect something a bit stronger. Perhaps I should try to buy some other brands to do the taste-test.


The pudding featured is really simple. I have sort of combined these recipes. The end result is lovely with the sago layer `hiding´ underneath the thin custard. With the sweet scented of osmanthus, this is the type of dessert I truly love.


Osmanthus-scented baked sago pudding

Recipe (for 5 small ramekins)

½ cup pearl sago

½ cup castor sugar

4 eggs

1¾ cups milk

2 tbsp osmanthus syrup

Pinch of salt

Extra osmanthus syrup, to serve


  1. Soak sago for a few hours. Boil in water until translucent. Drain & rinse under cold water. Set aside.
  2. Beat egg and sugar until pale. Add milk and osmanthus syrup. Stir in sago.
  3. Pour the above mixture into individual ramekins. Put in a large tray and pour hot water into the tray (to above ¾ height of ramekin). Bake in the preheated 160C until just set (about 20-25 mins).
  4. Drizzle with extra syrup and serve warm.


I am sending this post to Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Melissa from Cooking Diva. This lovely event was founded by Kalyn. Please check their blog out for the roundup and more info about WHB.

I also want to thank some of you, who have sent me your birthday wishes *hug*. I have had a very nice day today (double happiness!), which I will tell you guys later

43 Responses to Another sweet dessert for a sweeter life

  1. Truffle says:

    This sounds absolutely blissful and those photos are lovely. Belated birthday wishes! Look forward to hearing more about it :)

  2. Mishmash ! says:

    This might be another sweet dessert from u but this is deft’ly another beauty from your kitchen!! Look at those ribbons…it gives a rich and romantic look to your light pudding !! We also make sago desserts..with coconut milk et al….I like such light desserts…dont know if I can find the syrup u mentioned here..andway, let me see :)

  3. Kalyn says:

    Belated happy birthday wishes! This looks very tasty. I haven’t heard of Sago pudding or this type of flower either one, so I learned something new.

  4. Lydia says:

    Happy birthday! Once again your post fills me with new ideas and new ingredients to search for.

  5. Callipygia says:

    Happy Birthday! I like how you identify what it is that satisfies your hunger. Sometimes we need sweet things on end. I keep imagining the taste of chyrsanthemum tea in you syrup. I wonder if it is the same thing? It is my favorite dim sum tea.

  6. Kelly Mahoney says:

    What an elegant dessert. I learned a lot from this post, too. I’ve never heard of those spices.

  7. Nora B. says:

    Anh, your sago pudding looks and sounds better than all the sago puddings I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve had many!).

  8. Barbara says:

    Such pretty pictures Anh.

  9. Sharmi says:

    We too make Sago pudding in India for festivals but dont use eggs.

  10. Precious Moments says:

    I always thinks sago goes with coconut milk which it is not to my liking. Now seeing this, I am really inspired. Beautiful.

  11. Cynthia says:

    The moody (good moody) lighting on the pic has me in a trance saying: yes, anh, please may I have some more of this dessert. :)

  12. SteamyKitchen says:

    I don’t think I have ever had this? Unless I only know it’s Chinese name (but I can’t read Chinese)

  13. Ellie says:

    Happy birthday, honey!! 😀 I can’t wait to hear your good news!

  14. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    This looks amazing Anh! I love puddings and custards of any kind and this is one I have never had teh oppurtunity to try! Your photos are very well done!

  15. Jacelyn says:

    It looks so wonderful. Bet it taste just as yummy. Is there any way I can obtain the syrup myself? I don’t think I have seen them in stores here before.

  16. Lucy says:

    Happy Birthday Anh, belated though my wishes are!

  17. Elle says:

    The dessert sounds as elegant as the photo. That photo could go on the cover of a magazine. I also love your description of the fragrance of the flower used in the sweetener. It’s difficult to convey smells through words, but I think you’ve done it.

  18. Emilie says:

    Yes, happy birthday!

  19. Anh says:

    Truffle, thanks honey.
    I hope you can find the syrup. It should be aailable in Chinese stores.

  20. veron says:

    Oh yum , I love sago but I’ve never had them in pudding. This looks so creamylicious!

  21. Sig says:

    Belated birthday wishes Anh… And I am not complaining if you turn this into a dessert only blog, they are such wonderful creations…this one included…I’ve never heard of osmanthus flowers, will look out for it next time in the store.

  22. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Your custard looks lovely and delicious, Anh. I’d try it, but I have no idea where to get those ingredients. I look forward to hearing about your birthday fun.

  23. Johanna says:

    I shudder at sago puddings but maybe that is just because my mum didn’t make it and I read too much about terrible british school dinners – I liked the sound of the osmanthus syrup – sounds intriguing

  24. Arfi Binsted says:

    oh i love this dessert!! and you can find sago pearls over there? lucky you, anh!! oh, happy birthday!!! hugs hugs hugs.

  25. Rasa Malaysia says:

    OMG, osmanthus flowers totally rule. I came to know about this secret ingredient when I was in Shanghai…there is a stuffed lotus root (with sweet rice) with syrup appetizer and there are always little bits of osmanthus flowers in the syrup. At first, I couldn’t decode what they were, so I asked the waiter…now I know! I didn’t know you can get it in a bottle…I will have to look for it at

  26. valentinA says:

    We make sago pudding very often but I’ve never thought about baking it!!

  27. sra says:

    Belated happy birthday! Anh, can we use plain syrup in the same measure? The pudding looks yummy!

  28. Figs Olives Wine says:

    What a beautiful dessert! I shall have to forward this to my brother. He just moved back after 8 years living in Vietnam and I know he’s feeling homesick! Happy belated birthday!

  29. Sandeepa says:

    Belated Happy Birthday Anh. Much Sweetness to you always :)

  30. katiez says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday to you too!

  31. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Anh, I don’t think anyone is gonna complain about the desserts. ;)

  32. Amy says:

    Happy belated bday! Hope you had a great day. :) Osmanthus flowers is new for me but this pudding looks delicious!

  33. Anh says:

    Veron, try try… I love sago, too. Will have to feature the traditional version some day.

  34. Anita says:

    Happy belated birthday! What a beautiful dessert!

  35. Aimée says:

    Three cheers fa a dessert blog! No worries there! Beautifully presented, as usual, now if I only had an idea of what it might taste like!

  36. Lia says:

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  37. Lia says:

    ups i forgot to tell u, iam not able to see ur beatiful picture as flickr they have been banned in uae :((

  38. ilingc says:

    A very belated birthday wishes Anh.

  39. Big Boys Oven says:

    Looks lovely and unique!

  40. sher says:

    You just go ahead and cook whatever you want, because everything you make always looks fabulous! I always learn something new from you, and I get very hungry too! :) You’re able to make your finished dish look like a work of art. Brava!

  41. neil says:

    I’m joining the belated birthday crew as well with a big Happy Birthday! I’ve certainly learned something new here in that I’ve never heard of osmanthus, wonder if it’s anything like elderflower. which I love.

  42. Kristen says:

    Oh I completely understand! What a beautiful dessert and photos.

  43. Kalyn says:

    I’m happy to see that Melissa is doing better and has finally posted the recap for this WHB. Thanks for being so patient.

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