Saku Sai Moo

Steamed Tapioca Pearl Dumplings Stuffed With Peanut Pork [Saku Sai Moo]


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Saku sai moo are dumpling like balls of steamed tapioca stuffed with seasoned pork and ground peanut. It is readily available at street food vendors in Thailand, and is a popular snack that is savoury in favour and slightly chewy in texture on the outside due to the steamed tapioca. The stuffing inside is crunchy, and packed with flavour, and contrasts wonderfully with the tapioca shell.

In this recipe we are serving the dumplings with fresh chillies and coriander, however you can also add lettuce and other fresh vegetables.

This recipe is ideal as a snack or starter and is sure to impress guests. It may seem difficult to prepare but don’t be put off, the hardest part is rolling the dumplings however by watching our video guide you should have no problems with this!

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Saku Sai Moo ingredients list

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  • 250g small tapioca pearls
  • 2 tbsp minced shallots
  • 50g chopped preserved radish
  • 50g minced pork
  • 2 tbsp fried garlic with oil
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 70g ground peanut
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • dash of whole black pepper
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp of coriander stalks
  • Fresh chilli for garnishing

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Cooking instructions


Step 1: First we need to wash the tapioca. Pour the 250g of tapioca pearls into a bowl and add water to the bowl. Rinse the tapioca thoroughly, then drain the water away. Place the tapioca back into the mixing bowl and add enough fresh water so that the pearls are completely submerged, and leave them to soak for 30 minutes.

washing the tapioca

Step 2: Add 1 tbsp of coriander stalks, about 5 balls of whole black pepper, and 1 clove of garlic to a mortar and pestle, and crush everything into a paste.

Making the stuffing paste

Step 3: Fry the 50g minced pork in a pan without oil until cooked. Break the pork down into fine pieces.

frying the minced pork

Step 4: Add 3 tbsp of cooking oil to a pan, and heat on a medium high heat. Then add the 50g of preserved radish and 2 tbsp of minced shallots, and fry for about 5 minutes.

prepare the dumpling stuffing

Step 5: Add the minced pork that we fried earlier, and the 70g of ground peanuts, stir together, then add the palm sugar, the 1/2 tbsp of fish sauce, a dash of salt. Stir and fry for about 5 minutes until everything is thoroughly mixed.

adding ground roasted nuts to the dumpling stuffing

Step 6: Finally add the paste that we made in the mortar and pestle earlier, and stir in. Once everything is mixed thoroughly you should now be left with a thick filling for the dumplings that looks like this.

dumpling pork stuffing

Step 7: Now drain the tapioca pearls, and place them into a mixing bowl. Knead them for about five minutes until they are are more dough like as you can see here.

consistency of the tapioca

Step 8: Now coat a plate with some garlic oil (to make the garlic oil simply fry some chopped garlic in cooking oil until the garlic turns light brown in colour) This will prevent the dumplings from sticking to the plate when we steam them.

coat plate with fried garlic oil

Step 9: Grab a golf ball sized ball of tapioca, and flatten it in the palm of your hand. Add about 1/2 tablespoon of stuffing and then gently curl the tapioca around the stuffing and pinch to seal. Keep your hands wet to prevent the tapioca sticking to you.

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Step 10: Place the dumplings on the place coated with garlic oil, and steam for 15 to 20 minutes until the tapioca loses it white colour and starts to turn transparent.

steaming the saku sai moo

Step 11: Coat the steamed dumplings with fried garlic oil and Serve with chillies and corianders. Can also serve with fresh vegetables of your choice.

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