Chap Goh Meh – Pengat dessert

As the name suggest, Chap Goh Meh means fifteenth night in Hokkien. On the fifteenth night of the lunar first month, the Penang Hokkiens will end the Chinese New Year celebrations with pengat. I had blogged about the different versions of the pengat and also given the recipe in my Penangfaces blog. Therefore, I shall not share anymore recipes.


Here’s a bowl of pengat with thick coconut milk, bananas and jelly-like pieces made of tapioca flour.


Pengat consist of many ingredients like these black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes of three different colours (purple, orange and yellow), yam and the two other ingredients mentioned above, banana and tapioca jelly.

The older generations usually went through painstaking tasks of cutting the jelly, yam and sweet potatoes into uniformed pieces in the shape of diamonds. Then, they will steam them individually as these cook at different times. I remembered grumbling to my mother why she couldn’t just dump everything into the pot and boil them all at the same time. Well, I did that and the results aren’t very appetising to the eyes but still taste as good. 🙂

Happy Chap Goh Meh to all!

Read more about pengat here.

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