Chinese steamed cake 'Pak tong kor" - by Cheryl Lam

Made Chinese steamed cake (my second time trying) - 百糖糕. Very easy to do!!!
Ingredients
A
- 280g rice flour
- 300ml water

B
- 300ml water
- 4-5 Pandan leaves (you may use less but no less than 3 otherwise may not be fragrant)
- 250g sugar (I used 180g because I don't like it too sweet)
C (mix this only after the A+B mixture has cooled down)
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 3 tbsp lukewarm water
Others
- vegetable oil (don't use olive oil. Use a light oil without flavor - I used corn oil). Allocate around half tbsp for adding to the final A+B mixture and a bit more for greasing the pan
- 8x8 (or similar sized) pan & steaming apparatus. I used a rectangular aluminum tray and wok to steam.
1. Mix A until there are no lumps. I used a hand whisk.
2. Put B into saucepan and bring to a boil or until all the sugar is melted. Remove the pandan leaves.
3. Put B into A while hot. Let the A+B mixture cool down to lukewarm.
4. Mix C together and pour into the A+B mixture (must be cooled otherwise the yeast will be killed) #4 should have an additional step for fermentation. That is, put the mixture in a hot environment (under the hot sun or heated oven) until bubbles form. This should take 1-2 hours.

5. Stir in half tbsp (or estimate) vegetable oil into the mixture (didn't want the final product to be too dry. Next time I may omit this, or put less oil e.g. 1/2 tsp).
6. Grease the baking pan/ tray.
7. Pre-heat the tray by steaming it first - as long as it is hot (use your judgment on how long to steam).
8. Pour the mixture into the tray and steam for 20 mins. I used a wok to steam and steamed for 20 mins. The water was continuously boiling for 20mins.
Note:
A. You may insert a skewer to test - if it comes out clean it is done.
B. Don't worry if the top feels wet and oily (the oil comes of the surface!) - once it has cooled down it won't be wet anymore, though still oily.
C. I used kitchen paper to wipe off the excess oil once it is cooled.
Enjoy! It is very yummy! Not only my parents, even my children like it.

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1 comment :

Cheryl-Frantz said...

Please note the omission- step #4 should have an additional step for fermentation. That is, put the mixture in a hot environment (under the hot sun or heated oven) until bubbles form. This should take 1-2 hours.

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