In a Chinese diet, the balancing of ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ energy is related to the notion of cooling and heatiness. The energy in food refers to its capacity to generate sensations – hot or cold. This does not refer to the state of food but its effect on our bodies. For example, tea has cold energy. This means that when we drink hot tea, it generates cold energy and it is therefore considered a cold beverage. Shortly after you drink hot tea, the heat begins to fade quickly and it begins to generate cold energy internally, allowing your body to cool off.

The dessert I am sharing today is ‘cold’ although I serve it hot. I make this dessert very frequently as men (referring to my husband) are typically heaty and I used to get lots of acne breakout (linked to heatiness).

Try this sweet and nutritious dessert today!

If you didn’t know…

Mung beans are a high source of nutrients including: manganese, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc and various B vitamins. They are also a very filling food, high in protein, resistant starch and dietary fiber.

*NOTE: To the Chinese, pregnant women or women in confinement should not take a lot of cooling food as it may lead to a miscarriage if her womb is too ‘cold’.

Serves 6-8 paxes | 1 hour (including de-pressurizing)


  • 1 cup Mung/Green Beans; rinsed & drained
  • 8 cups Water
  • 400g Sweet Potatoes; cubed
  • 180g Coconut Palm Sugar/Coconut Sugar
  • 3 pcs Pandan/Screwpine Leaves; knotted
  • 1/2 cup small Sago Pearls
  • 300ml thick Coconut Milk (those you use in curries, not the drinking ones)


  1. Add all the ingredients (except coconut milk, sugar and sago) into the Instant Pot.
  2. Use the soup mode on the IP, adjusting the time to 15 mins. Allow natural release.
  3. Discard pandan leaves.
  4. Stir in coconut milk, sugar and sago.
  5. Do another 2 mins on manual mode. Allow natural release.
  6. Serve hot or chilled, up to you!

Stove Top: Follow the steps above but simmer for 40 mins over a low fire. Add sago and simmer for another 15-20 mins or till sago is translucent. Stir in coconut milk and simmer for another 3-5 mins.

Slowcooker: Follow the steps above and set to high, 8 hours. At the 6th hour, stir in sugar and sago. At the 7th hour, stir in coconut milk.

Enjoy! 😍