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Bubur Cha-Cha Recipe

Bubur cha cha a medley of sweet potatoes (in yellow, orange, and purple color), yam (taro), black-eye peas, etc., cooked in a sweet coconut milk base. It is a colorful and sweet dessert, and is generally prepared during festive seasons in Penang.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Nyonya
Keyword Bubur Cha-Cha
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 503 kcal


  • 80 grams purple sweetpotato
  • 80 grams orange sweet potato
  • 80 grams yellow sweet potato
  • 150 grams yam (taro)
  • 10 grams sago (tapioca pearls)
  • 50 grams black-eyed peas, soaked for 1 hour

Tapioca flour jelly

  • 100 grams tapioca flour
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • Red coloring

Coconut Milk Base

  • 2.5 liters water (10 cups water)
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 120 grams sugar
  • 3 banana, peeled and cut half inches thick
  • 2 pandan leaves
  • salt to taste


  1. In boiling water, boil black-eye peas until soft. Boil sago separately, until translucent and cooked.

  2. Peel and cut all potatoes and taro into cubes or desired shapes. Steam, separately, until cooked.

  3. To make tapioca flour jelly, place the flour in mixing bowl. Pour in boiling water. Mix the flour and water until well incorporated. When the dough is cool, roll it out evenly on a well floured surface and cut into cube or desired shapes.

  4. Bring a pot of water, add in 1 table spoon sugar, pour in banana and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  5. In boiling water (3 liters), add in thick coconut milk, sugar, salt, pandan leaves and cook over low heat about 10–20 minutes.

  6. Pour in all the ingredients, together with the sago, tapioca jelly into coconut milk base and mix well. Serve hot or cold, as you like.

Nutrition Facts
Bubur Cha-Cha Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 bowls)
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 1000mg29%
Carbohydrates 99g33%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 5785IU116%
Vitamin C 19.6mg24%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.