Boil water and add sago pearls. Bring to boil again, then simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
Pour sago in colander with running cold water so they don’t stick to one another.
Put back sago pearls in pot with 4 cups of water and boil for the 2nd time.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for another hour.
Stir and check once in a while that you still have enough water.
For a chewy sago, add brown sugar 5 minutes before turning off heat. Before adding brown sugar, remove some water and leave enough to cover sago. This step is optional. Experiment with or without sugar to see which one you prefer.
Turn off heat. Leave sago sitting on stove for 5 hours or more until it becomes translucent. There will be a few with tiny white core but that’s OK. It is already cook.
Now you may add it to any dessert or drink. Enjoy!
This method is for big pearls. I will have another post for mini or small pearls.