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Two dark bowls filled with coconut dessert soup with sweet potatoes on top of a wooden board and a blue napkin on the side.

Coconut Dessert Soup with Sweet Potatoes (Bo Bo Cha Cha)

This traditional, colorful Coconut Dessert Soup with Sweet Potatoes, called "Bo Bo Cha Cha," is a popular street food in Singapore and Malaysia, but you can make this dessert in your own kitchen! It's super easy to prepare, and can be served as a chilled soup starter or a dessert.

  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 1x


Units Scale
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 small yams, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can coconut milk (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 cup water


  1. Steam the sweet potatoes and yams in a steamer until they are soft, but not mushy (about 10 minutes). Bring the coconut milk mixed with the water to a boil. Add in sweet potatoes and yam and boil another 5 minutes. Do not over-boil. Serve chilled.


This dish can be served as a chilled soup starter or as a dessert.

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 486
  • Sugar: 9.5 g
  • Sodium: 99.7 mg
  • Fat: 25.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63.3 g
  • Protein: 6.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Coconut Soup, Dessert Soup, Sweet Potato Soup