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black glutinous rice dessert sweet soup tong sui


Black glutinous rice dessert is a common Asian dessert. It is also classified as tong sui, a type of sweet soup. Normally, it takes about an hour to cook black glutinous rice soft. In order to speed up the cooking process, I used instant pot pressure cooker to make this tasty and simple black glutinous rice dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 187kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1.5 cups Black glutinous rice 
  • ½ cup Sago (small tapioca)
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 can Coconut milk (13.5 fl oz or 400ml)
  • 1 cup Sugar (can be less or more depending your sweetness)


  • Wash the black glutinous rice, then pour 6 cups of water into the instant pot pressure cooker. Close the lid and vent, press manual, adjust time 20 minutes and natural release.
  • At the same time, boil water in a pot and get ready to cook sago (small tapioca).
  • When water is boiling, pour sago into the pot and let it boils for 5-10 minutes. After that, turn off fire and cover a lid for 10 minutes.
  • Next, use a strainer to drain the sago and rinse in cold water.
  • When the black glutinous rice is done, add 1 cup of sugar (add to your sweetness), a can of coconut milk, and cooked sago mix them well. And, enjoy!



Cooking tips for how to make black glutinous rice sago dessert:

  • Wash black rice and cook them in pressure cooker for 20 minutes at high pressure and natural release. 
  • Cook sago is pretty challenging because it’s small and most people don’t know how to cook them. The best way to cook sago is to boil them for 5-10 minuets. Then, turn off fire and cover a lid for 10 minutes, so the inside of the sago can cook through. After that, use a strain to drain sago and rinse with cold water. If you over cooked the sago, it will be mushy.
  • Add coconut milk, sugar and mix well when the rice and sago is done. 


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg