Oh my goodness. Today hit pretty close to the 30's today. I don't know about you, but there's nothing better than having something cool and refreshing to quench your thirst on a scorching hot day. I got given a honeydew melon the other day and thought, hey wouldn't it be a great idea to make a melon sago dessert for afternoon tea for my two boys. Just the perfect way to cool off after a hard day at school! Or if you want an alternative to punch at your pool party, you could make this up to have to drink as you chill on your sunlounger soaking up the vitamin D!
Although this recipe uses honey dew, you can also substitute with rock melon if you wish. I have tried both and both are a winner in my boys books!
2 honeydew melon or rockmelon
1 cup of sago
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 cup cold water
Bring a pot of water to boil and add in the washed sago. Turn the heat to medium and let the sago cook. You will know it's cooked when the sago turns translucent.
Pour the sago into a sieve and rinse with cold water then transfer into a cold water bath. Set aside until ready to use.
In low to medium heat, combine the water and sugar together in the same pot and cook until sugar has dissolved. Set aside for it to cool.
Cut 1 and 1/2 of the melon into chunks. Using a food processor, process the melon until fine.
Cut the other 1/2 of the melon to tiny cubes.
Drain sago thoroughly. Combine everything together and refrigerate for at least an hour so that it's nice and cold when serving.
Don't forget to slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat while outside in the hot sun! You bet your bottom dollar I will be enjoying this delicious beverage while cooling off by a pool somewhere. Happy cooking friends!