Brunei Dessert Recipes

Mangoes With Sticky Rice


  • 1 cup Coconut cream
  • 4 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Ripe mangoes
  • 3 cups Sticky coconut rice


Mix the coconut cream with the sugar and salt, and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

Peel the mangoes and slice them, removing the stones. Arrange the mangoes on individual plates with rice beside them. Spoon the sauce over the rice.

Coconut Rice (Khao Man)

Coconut rice can be prepared with another ordinary or sticky rice, depending on what sort of dish it is to be served with. If using sticky rice, soak it first in plenty of water for at least two hours, but preferably overnight If prepared with ordinary rice, serve with Salted Sun-Dried Beef (Nua Dad Diao) or other savoury dishes. Sticky coconut rice is delicious with mangoes.

2 cups rice 2 cups water 1 cup coconut cream Salt Rinse and drain the rice and put into a pan with the water, coconut cream and salt. Mix well Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and cover.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

When all the liquid has been absorbed, cook for a few more minutes over low heat. The resulting slight burning of the rice at the bottom of the pan gives extra flavour to this dish.

Custard Tarts

This recipe makes about 2 dozen


      All Ingredients should be prepared before you start cooking this will save time and make cooking the dish easier and more enjoyable.
  • 3 cups (750ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable shortening
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons (60 to 90ml) hot tap water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk


  1. Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon (2ml) of salt in mixing bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Mix in enough water to form a dough ball. Cut in half.
  2. Roll out each half on lightly floured surface until 1/8 inch (0.5cm) thick. Cut 12 circles from each half 3 inches (8cm) in diameter.
  3. Fit pastry circles into greased muffin cups, pressing sides so they reach rims.
  4. Beat eggs. Stir in sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon (2ml) salt. Gradually blend in milk. Spoon about 2 tablespoons (30ml) egg mixture into each pastry.
  5. Bake in preheated 350F (180C) oven until knife inserted in center of custards comes out clean. 25 to 30 minutes. Remove tarts from pan. Cool on wire racks.

Black Rice Pudding (Bubur Ketan Hitam)


  • 1 cup black glutinous rice
  • 2 pandan leaves
  • 5 cups of water
  • cup palm sugar syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cups fresh squeezed thick coconut milk


Rinse rice thoroughly for 2 minutes under running water. Drain well. Put 5 cups of water, rice and pandan leaves into a heavy stockpot. Simmer over medium heat for approximately 40 minutes.

Add palm sugar syrup and continue to cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season with a pinch of salt. Remove from heat, allow to cool. Serve at room temperature, topped with a swirl of fresh squeezed creamy coconut milk.

Helpful hints: As fresh coconut milk turns rancid fairly quickly, a pinch of salt is usually added to the milk to preserve it for a few hours.

Makes 4 servings.

Coconut Sweet Potato Cake (Getuk Lindri)


  • 2 lbs. cassava 200 gram granulated sugar
  • tsp. vanila
  • 1 cup steamed fresh-grated coconut, mixed with 1 tsp. salt
  • 100 cc water
  • food color
  • Molder


Put in sugar and vanila in a large stockpot with water and bring it to a boil.

Steam cassava until soft. Peel cassava. Mash cassava while still hot and pour the water mixture and food color (what ever color you like) and blend well. Use the equipment as shown on the left hand side to mold the mixture. Then put them onto a serving platter, and sprinkle with grated coconut.

Serve at room temperature, or refrigerate for an hour and serve chilled.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Rujak Brunei Spiced Fruit Salad

Origin: Brunei; Serves: 6


  • 1 small cucumber, sliced thin
  • 1 cup thinly sliced jicama
  • 1 cup cubed firm ripe papaya
  • 1 star apple (carambola), sliced
  • 1 to 2 cups cubed fresh or canned ripe pineapple
  • 1 firm green pear, cubed
  • 1 firm tart apple, cubed


  • 3 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 or 2 hot red chilies, sliced and seeded
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste, dissolved in 1/2 cup water and strained
  • 1 small green banana, sliced (optional)


Arrange the cucumber and any 3 or more of the fruits in separate heaps on a serving platter.

In a food processor chop fine the peanuts, then blend in the chilies, brown sugar, tamarind, liquid, and banana (if used) to form a paste. It is traditional to serve the sauce and fruit separately. Each diner may then select the fruit and dip it into the thick sauce. The modern method is to toss the fruit and sauce together and serve the salad at room temperature.

Kue Mangkok (Cup Cakes )


  • 350 grams rice flour
  • some water
  • 150 grams all purpose flour
  • 200 grams fermented cassava / tapioca (tape singkong)
  • 400 grams sugar
  • 200 cc warm water
  • 2 Tsp baking soda
  • 250 cc club soda
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • food coloring (your choice of 3 or 4 colors)
  • salt to taste


Add enough water to the rice flour so that its weight increases to 500 grams.

Add the all purpose flour to the rice flour mixture and stir well. Add the fermented tapioca and sugar. Mix well. Add the warm water and work the dough for about 10 minutes.-Add the baking soda, the club soda and vanilla. Mix until everything is evenly distributed. Finally, add the food coloring and blend until smooth.

Warm the cup molds for about 5 minutes and fill it for about 4/5 full. Put in a steamer with the water already at a rolling boil. Steam for about 20 minutes.

Es Cendol (Cold Dessert)

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  • One pack (12 oz.) of frozen “BANH LOT” (available at oriental store)
  • One can of coconut milk, preferrably one made for dessert
  • 1/4 lb. of Coconut sugar or “Gula Jawa” (brownish colored)
  • Ice cubes
  • Cold Water


1. Thaw the ‘Banh Lot’ in cold water, rinse once or twice afterwards

2. Boil the coconut milk with coconut sugar until they are completely mixed together

3. In an individual serving glass (or dessert bowl), put in:
– 3 to 4 tbs. of Banh Lot
– 4-5 tbs of the mixing of coconut milk and coconut sugar
– add cold water (1 tbs) and ice cubes (can be crushed, if wanted)

4. Serve immediately, more of the ingredients can be added to taste.

Banh Lot is a Vitnamese food (but I found it taste similar to the ‘cendol’ of Indonesian. It is a frozen product, hence found in the freezer section. In the US, it is made by “Sincere Orient Foods Co.” in El Monte, Calif. The coconut milk & coconut sugar can also be found at Oriental markets.