“My Favorite Palauan Dessert”

 By Ives

My favorite Palauan dessert is the Palauan sticky jelly, or as us Palauans call it “Seboseb”.  This is my favorite Palauan dessert because it is soft, sticky, tasty, and great for children and adults as well.   “Seboseb” is a very common dessert in Palau.  No other place in the world could compete with the traditional flavors, recipes, and special touches that Palauans add to this dessert.   

 This dessert is usually made by older women in Palau and taught to younger females to preserve the “seboseb” making culture.  This is a dessert that is very fun to prepare, however, it involves a number of steps. Even though making “seboseb” is hard work, it is worth the time and the effort just to get to taste this delicious dessert. 

            The ingredients are easy to find and prepare.  The ingredients are corn starch,

sugar, milk, and water.  To make this dessert, first, add a cup of water into a pot.  Place the pot on a burner and wait for the water to boil.  Once boiling, add a half cup of cornstarch and stir until the cornstarch is completely dissolved.  Now, add four to five spoons of sugar and a cup of milk.  Continue to stir until the soup becomes denser and sticker.  Once you have achieved this consistency, the dessert is done. 

The most tiring part of the preparation process is the continuous stirring.  Now to you, it may sound complicated but I assure you that it is not. If you want different flavors, you can add chopped bananas, apples, pineapples, mangoes, coconut meat, or any fruits you like.  For a healthier choice, you can add vegetables.  You can also  use a pinch of food coloring to add a colorful touch to  the dessert to make people, especially children, more interested in ”seboseb”.  Adding flavors and colors makes “seboseb” a not so traditional dessert, but rather a delicacy that families can enjoy.
Currently, people use this dessert for food contributions at funerals, house parties, baby showers, or other special occasions. If you ever get a chance, try it.  I know you will like it.  “Seboseb” is absolutely my favorite Palauan dessert because its easy and fun to make, and best of all, you get to enjoy it with family and friends.