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Bubur Cha Cha - Sweet Potato And Yam Pudding

Bubur Ca Ca or Sweet Potato And Yam Pudding is another traditional and very popular dessert in Malaysia. You can either serve this sweet dessert warm or cold. As for me, I prefer to savor them warm.

NOTE: This is an updated post with a new pictures and video cooking guide. {Original post published on 08/27/09}

Bubur Cha Cha - Sweet Potato And Yam Pudding


500 to 600 grams Assorted Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 /2 Small (150 g)rams Yam, diced
1 Cup Water
3 Pandan Leaves, knotted
1 Pack (500 ml) Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Sago Pearls, rinsed
4 Tbsp Sugar or more to taste
A Big Pinch of Salt


Steam the sweet potato and yam on a high heat for about 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked.

In a medium saucepan, combine water and pandan leaves, sugar, and bring it to a boil. Mix in the coconut and simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add Sago pearls and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Lastly, add the steamed sweet potatoes and yam, and season with salt. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve warm, room temperature or cold.

{Original post published on 08/27/09}
By the way, I will be submitting my Bubur Ca Ca recipe for the Merdeka Open House 2009 organized by Babe in the City - KL. Malaysia will be celebrating 52 years of independence from the British on August 31st 2009. The theme chosen for this year’s virtual open house is My Sweet Malaysia. This is a great way to showcase some of the traditional sweet desserts from Malaysia. So, do remember to check out Babe in the City - KL blog on August 31st for some delicious sweet dessert recipes from Malaysia.


  1. Thanks for participating. Bubur cha cha is my hubby's fave :D

  2. Looks yummm..... I add bananas as well : )

    Love ur delish recipes & divine photos, Angie.

    Cheers from Perth,


  3. I'm so curious abt malaysian desserts ... especially their use of pandan leaves .. gotta get my hands on those somehow! This dessert looks light and refreshing and SO pretty .. perfect for summer!

  4. Yummy - i like the colour combination! luv yr cooking and the pic as well :D

  5. Yeah ... this is a classic. I remember cooking a bit pot on Sunday and everyone would dig in the whole day while watching TV to enjoy this. So typical Malaysian :-) Happy Merdeka and thanks for sharing us the recipe.

  6. great blog and photographs.
    there seems to be 3 different yams/sweet potatoes in the Bubur Cha Cha. What is the yellow ingredient?

  7. @samuelsgarland: Thanks for the comment. The sweet potatoes are yellow and orange in color.


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