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Xi mi lu in a serving bowl
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Tapioca Coconut Dessert Soup

Craving something sweet? Xi mi lu made of tapioca, coconut milk, and calabasa is a creamy and delicious dessert the whole family will love!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Chinese dessert soup, Xi mi lu
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Lalaine Manalo


  • 8 cups water
  • 1/4 cup small tapioca pearls, uncooked
  • 2 cans (13.5 ounces each) coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups calabasa, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes


  • In a pot over medium heat, bring 4 cups of the water to a boil. Add tapioca pearls and cook, stirring regularly, for about 10 to 15 minutes or until translucent.
  • Remove from pot and using a fine-mesh sieve, rinse under cold, running water. Drain well.
  • In a pot over medium heat, combine the remaining 4 cups water, coconut milk, and sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add calabasa. Lower heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 to 15 minutes or until calabasa is fork-tender.
  • Using a slotted spoon, emove some of the tender squash. In a bowl, mash with a fork and return to the pot.
  • Add tapioca and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 to 5 minutes or until dessert is slightly thickened. Serve hot.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3mg