The purpose of this article is to guide you step by step on how to make mango tapioca pearls so that you can impress your family and guests. Mango Tapioca Pearls is one of my favourite desserts. It’s really easy to make and it’s not difficult to make them look good. Making fresh Tapioca Pearls right at home is even more fun!
Mango sago is a popular Asian dessert that’s perfect on a hot summer day. This creamy, fruity, cold tapioca pudding dessert is easy to make at home with just a few simple ingredients.
Plus, homemade mango sago is made with real fruit — it’s better, healthier, and cheaper than buying it at a dessert shop!
WHAT IS MANGO SAGO?
Mango sago is a popular dessert pudding found all over Asia — in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Guangdong, and Taiwan. But, with many local Asian dessert shops popping up everywhere, it’s becoming more common in North America too. It’s made with a few simple ingredients including sago (which are mini white tapioca pearls), ripe mangoes, coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk. It is also common to add some pomelo pulp.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE MANGO SAGO
- The experience of enjoying mango sago. Mango sago is sweet, fruity, creamy, and served cold. On a warm day, mango sago is a delicious relief. You can drink mango sago out of a cup with a straw or enjoy it in a bowl with a spoon. Either way, it’s a stellar and uplifting dessert experience.
- Fresh mango and sago. Mango sago doesn’t contain artificial flavors or sweeteners. Instead, it’s made with fresh mangos, which bring all-natural fiber, sugar, and flavor. When cooked, the sago becomes transparent and jelly-like. Together, these two make the perfect pair.
- It’s easy to make and cheaper than buying it. Buying mango sago at your local bubble tea store is an option, but it’s more affordable to make it yourself.
- It’s easy to make at home. Making mango sago at home is a lot easier than you think. It takes some time to cook the mini tapioca pearls but really that takes just a few minutes of actual prep.
- It’s healthier than store-bought. Making homemade bubble tea is so much healthier than store-bought, especially when we are talking about the fruity milk teas. With this homemade recipe, we are using real fruit, unlike the store-bought drinks which use fruit syrup to achieve that flavor.
- It’s cheaper than store-bought. Bubble tea these days are expensive! It is much cheaper to make your own than to pay someone to mix a couple ingredients together.
To make this refreshing Mango Sago Tapioca Pudding, you will need the following ingredients (full measurements in recipe card below):
- mini white tapioca pearls – For this recipe, you will need mini tapioca pearls (also known as sago). Sago pearls are made from palm tree starches, unlike traditional tapioca pearls which are made from cassava starch. They differ in texture, taste, and size, but you can use traditional boba in this recipe in a pinch.
- yellow mangoes – Use ripe mangos for the best sweetness. I used ripe Ataulfo mangos.
- coconut milk – You can use either full fate or light coconut milk. But note that the coconut milk you use in the mango sago will impact its flavor and consistency. Full fat coconut milk will give it a silkier, richer, thicker feeling, while light coconut milk will make a thinner, less rich mango sago.
- sweetened condensed milk
- mint leaves – optional, for garnish.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST MANGO SAGO
First, cook the tapioca pearls.
- Boil. In a medium saucepan, add 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Add tapioca pearls and turn the heat down to medium-low. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The pearls will turn translucent, but at this point, you might still see a tiny white dot in each pearl.
- Let sit. Turn off the heat and let the pearls rest in the hot water until all the tapioca pearls become completely transparent, about 15-20 minutes.
- Drain. Rinse the pearls under running water to cool off and drain in a fine mesh sieve or colander. Set aside.
Prepare the mango sago.
- Prepare the mango. Slice each mango in half away from the pit and use a large spoon to scoop out the flesh. Set aside ¼ cup flesh (about half a mango) and dice into cubes to use as a topping.
- Blend ingredients. Add mango, coconut milk, and condensed milk in a blender. If you like your sago cold, add 3-4 ice cubes in the blender. Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes.
HOW TO SERVE MANGO SAGO
Divide the mango mixture into bowls, stir in tapioca pearls, and top with cubed mango. You can also add some pomelo pulp on top.
RECIPE TIPS AND TRICKS
- How to store: Mango sago is best served fresh. Keep any leftover mango sago refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Make it vegan: To make vegan mango sago, omit the sweetened condensed milk and add sugar to taste instead.
Refresh yourself with some fruity mango madness! Mango tapioca is another mango-licious drink which will quench your thirst in this oh-so-hot sunny weather. This chilled tropical drink is milky, sweet and fresh to the taste and feeling. Best if you want something fruity for the day!
The heat is really so init, can we still beat it? It is super draining and all I wanted to do is to drink drink drink the whole day. Aren’t we all thirsty?
My mom used to say, “If you’re thirsty, drink cold water.” Although water truly is the best thirst quencher, of course, I also wanted to enjoy cold beverages aside from water. Most people resort to soft drinks when they felt a hint of thirst. But with high sugar associated to soft drinks, we might need to have some second thought before slurping a big glass of it.
Searching for new drinks I can try this summer, I came across an article which says that tropical, sour and citrus fruits are the most refreshing ones. We are lucky to be living in the Philippines since we have an abundant of tropical fruits available here. One of the most famous ones are the mangoes.
Mango has been used in a wide range of beverage types like juices and shakes. Its tropical vibes makes it one of the best summer drinks together with pineapples and watermelons. If you’re a fan of mangoes, cream and tapioca pearls, mango tapioca is the perfect match for you. I actually tried making this drink because I am a fan of those three. Why not combine those in one drink, right?
Mango tapioca is a fruity and refreshing drink made with blended fresh mangoes in creamy and milky drink. Small bits of mangoes and soft spheres of tapioca pearls are what I cannot truly resist about this drink. No doubt anyone will be in so much love with mango tapioca!
Aside from enjoying it for yourself and your family, this drink is actually a good small business idea! I had some of my chikiting neighbors to try it out since I made a lot and they loved it. This will surely be the best-seller drink in your town!
HOW TO MAKE MANGO TAPIOCA
As the name suggests, the two main ingredients for this refreshing drink is ripe mangoes and tapioca pearls.
Let us start with the tapioca pearls. Some vendors sell cooked sago but it is always better to buy uncooked ones and freshly cook them at home. There are different sago sizes and the smallest ones are the best for the mango tapioca drink. Cook the sago by boiling them for around 15 minutes. You will notice that the middle part of the pearls are still white. A quick way to resolve this is to add water and stir it continuously. Little by little, the sago will cook further and become transparent. That’s how easy tapioca pearls are prepared. Store them in the fridge until ready to use.
The next to prepare are the mangoes. A kilo of mango is usually 3 to 4 pieces. Slice the two cheeks from each of the mangoes. For one mango, cut them into large cubes while the rest into small cubes. The large cubes will be blended while the small cubes will be directly added to our drink later.
Grab your blended and blend the large mango cubes with evaporated milk. This will be an easy way to incorporate the mango flavor to the drink later. The next thing to do is to add all the ingredients together in a giant bowl. The last step before you can enjoy your mango tapioca is to chill them. If you want it right now, you can pour it in a glass with ice. Enjoy some mango tapioca to freshen up your day!
- 1 kilo ripe mangoes
- 1 cup all purpose cream
- 1 cup condensed milk
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup tapioca pearls (uncooked)
- 5 cups of water (for the tapioca pearls)
- Boil some water in a pot and place the tapioca pearls. Stir a bit to prevent from sticking together. Cover the pan and let it boil for 15 minutes using low heat.
- To further cook the tapioca pearls and become transparent, add more water while stirring. Soak the tapioca pearls in water until ready to use.
- Prepare your ripe mangoes. Slice the mango cheeks. Cut one mango into large cubes (for blending). Cut the rest of the mangoes in smaller cubes. Transfer the large and small cubes to separate plates.
- In a blender, add the large mango cubes and half of the evaporated milk. Blend until smooth.
- Drain the cooked tapioca pearls and transfer into a large bowl. Add the chopped mangoes, blended mangoes, the remaining evaporated milk, all purpose cream and the condensed milk. Mix gently until well-combined.
- Chill the mango tapioca for at least 4 hours before serving.
- Serve your mango tapioca in a serving bowl and enjoy!
Watch how to Make Mango Tapioca
MANGO TAPIOCA RECIPE (TAGALOG)
- 1 kilo hinog na mangga
- 1 tasa ng all purpose cream
- 1 tasa ng condensed milk
- 1 tasa ng evaporated milk
- 1 tasa ng sago (hilaw)
- 5 tasa ng tubig (para sa sago)
- Magpakulo ng tubig at ilagay ang mga sago. Haluin ito ng konti para hindi magdiki-dikit. Takpan ang kawali at pakuluan ito ng 15 minuto gamit ang mababang apoy.
- Para mas maluto pa ang mga sago at maging transparent, maglagay ng tubig habang hinahalo. Ibabad sa tubig ang mga sago hanggang bago gamitin.
- Ihanda ang mga mangga. Hiwain ang dalawang pisngi. Hiwain ang isang mangga ng malalaking cubes (ibe-blend). Hiwain ang iba pang mangga sa maliliit na cubes. Ilipat ang mga hiniwang cubes sa magkaibang pinggan.
- I-blend ang malalaking mango cubes at idagdag ang kalahati ng evaporated milk hanggang maging smooth.
- Alisin ang tubig sa sago at ilipat sa isang bowl. Ilagay ang maliliit na mango cubes, blended mangoes, evaporated milk, all purpose cream at condensed milk. Haluin ng mabuti.
- Palamigin ang mango tapioca ng at least 4 hours bago iserve.
- Iserve ang mango tapioca at enjoy!