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How To Make Palm Sugar Pearls with Coconut Cambodian Khmer Recipe In Cambodia

Updated on September 7, 2013
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  • Serves 4
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

This is a cherished desert from Southeast Asia in Cambodia! There is an old wive's tale that these are sometimes called "Husband Killer Cake" in the native Khmer Language. The rumor is that when a wife would catch her husband cheating she would act like she didn't know and would prepare this recipe for her husband.

The catch is that she would serve it right after cooking and although the outside had cooled off, the sugar inside continues to boil. What a horrible surprise when he swallowed the pearls whole and the outer layer dissolved releasing the hot inside! I better not agitate my wife!

This is just a rumor of coarse and I don't suggest anyone try this method of revenge!

This recipe is a great treat to serve to your family or friends. Why not serve this at your next Super Bowl Party! They are sure to be a hit and your friends and family will be amazed at your instant culinary skills!

Let's look at the Ingredients:

Palm Sugar Pearls with Coconut Ingredients

Ingredient
Amount
Rice Flour
2 cups (300 g)
Salt
Just a Pinch!
Palm Sugar or Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup (200 g)
Warm Water
*See recipe instructions below
Freshly Grated or Dried Unsweetened Coconut
4 tablespoons


Let's get started! This is an easy once. Let's continue with the recipe below:


Palm Sugar Pearls Recipe

  • Combine the Rice Flour and Salt in a bowl and mix.
  • Gradually add Warm Water and stir until the mixture has the consistency of modelling clay.
  • Take a small lump of the mixture and spread it across your fingers to make a disc about 1 1/2 inches (3 cm) thick.
  • Put a 1/2 teaspoon of the Sugar in the center and fold in the edges so that the Sugar is completely covered.
  • Trim the excess pastry and roll the "pearl" in your palms to make a perfect ball.
  • Repeat until all the pastry has been rolled.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and gently lower (don't drop!) the pastries into the pot.
  • They are finished when they rise to the surface.
  • Remove with a slotted spoon or Asian strainer.
  • Allow to cool: The inside is very hot!
  • When cooled, sprinkle the Grated Coconut over the pearls and serve!

That's it!

Jong Yam! (I want to eat!)

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    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @inthenickoftime: I hope that you and your friends enjoy these while watching the Rugby World Cup! Please come back and let me know what you think!

      JSMatthew~

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @AliciaC: They are very easy to make and delightful to eat! I hope you like them! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Mistyvermin969: I appreciate you following me and for also leaving a comment! Thanks for stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      inthenickoftime77 

      7 years ago from New Zealand, aka: Aotearoa, aka: The Land Of The Long White Cloud

      Yum that sounds great & easy to make too. I will try it out this weekend on friends who are coming over to watch the Rugby World Cup this weekend. I have printed the recipe, thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These pearls sound like a very tasty treat. It also sounds like they're easy to make, too. Thanks for the recipe and the interesting background information!

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      Mistyvermin969 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Haha great hub!!! I remember i started following you when you were at 100 followers and now you're at 1.2 k!!!

      Great hub dude

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am pleased that you enjoyed reading the story behind the food b. Malin! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      I Enjoyed the Story behind this Recipe J.S. Matthew...Made for a very Interesting read. Thanks for sharing.

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello ktrapp! It is an odd story! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments.

      JSMatthew~

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      Kristin Trapp 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      These pearls sound really unique and what an interesting story behind them.

    • J.S.Matthew profile imageAUTHOR

      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello theseattlegirl! My only problem in my recipe Hubs is that I don't have pictures or videos...yet! I hope that you enjoy this and come back and let me know what you think!

      JSMatthew~

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      theseattlegirl 

      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Now this is interesting. I ran straight over to Google images to find a pic, because I'm thoroughly intrigued. Think I might just have to give this a try for an upcoming party. Thanks for the fascinating recipe!

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