Showing posts with label KUIH. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KUIH. Show all posts

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Honeycomb Cake  Recipe @

Have been eyeing this cake for quite sometime and today I have a chance to try out Honeycomb Cake Kek Sarang Semut from my own kitchen. This cake got its name because it had a hole resembling that bee hive.

The method involves 2 parts.  First you need to caramelize the sugar until it turned  golden , honey like color. Do not attempt to cook beyond this otherwise your syrup would turn bitter.  Once you get this color, even sugar  did not dissolve at this point, you can add the water gradually and bring to boil until you get smooth syrup.   Be careful when adding hot water because this syrup would splutter.  At this point, you can add the butter.   Remove from heat and cool completely.

Second is combining  the rest of the ingredients to form a cake batter together with sugar syrup.  Let this sit for 2-3  hours before baking.  Next time I want to try other method that uses only  the  bottom heat.

Preheat the oven before baking and put the pan on the lowest rack , bake for 15 minutes then  place pan at middle rack and continue baking until it is done.

After the cake has cooled, invert the cake and trim the surface  as thin as possible.  Now you could see the hole resembling that honeycomb.

Am pleased the cake turned out soft, moist and insanely delicious.. . .

Sunday, June 7, 2015


Kuih or dessert  recipe

After a long time, I cooked any traditional treats or kuih (bite size dessert or snack)  for my family. This Apam Nasi was my late mum's favorite.  She used to prepare it when she had leftover rice for our  breakfast. My mum mix the flour just before going to bed and first thing in the morning, steamed these Apam Nasi.

What I noticed, most of our traditional kuih were mostly steamed since at that time an oven was not available even baking was  done using charcoal.

Added only half a cup of sugar but if you want it sweeter use 3/4 cup instead.  Used  red food coloring and the balance as it is but this is entirely up to you.  If you don't have that small plastic molds, use 7 in round pan and steam it for 30-40 minutes.

We enjoyed our Apam Nasi without coconut.   Halve the recipe if you have a small family, my recipe below yield 25 apam.

Kuih or Dessert recipe

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Fruit Cocktail Pudding

My son has  been bugging  me to  prepare   this super easy Fruit Cocktail Pudding made with agar agar powder and canned fruit cocktail.

Some might like to make use of the sugar  syrup after draining the fruit cocktail  but prefer to throw it away. Make sure the water and sugar syrup combined do not exceed 5 cups. .

To jazz it up, added a few drops of  yellow food coloring.  This step is required if you choose colorless agar agar powder.  You can use any flavor,/color/fruit you prefer. I just happened to have fruit cocktail on hand.

After the agar agar powder has been boiled, pour this mixture into small mold or into one large bowl/container.

If you want something that tastes great and not fattening, this Fruit Cocktail is for you!

Fruit Cocktail Pudding

Serves  12

10 g  white/colored agar agar powder
5 cups water
250 g sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 can 836 g fruit cocktail drained


Dissolve agar agar powder in  deep pot containing 5 cups water.

Add sugar, bring to boil using low heat, stirring continuously.

Add food coloring of your choice if using white and evaporated milk, bring to boil again. Remove from heat.  Mix in drained fruit cocktail, stir well.

Rinse the agar agar  mold, pour the mixture into one large container or use the small one.

Let cool to room temperature, refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fruit Cocktail Pudding

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


Abok Abok Sago  Recipe @

Abok Abok Sago is a traditional Asian dessert normally wrapped in banana leaf made with pearl sago, grated coconut and palm sugar.

This time this dessert is undergoing a makeover by adding 2 different color, one with green food coloring while other portion was orange (I got this after adding the orange colored sugar) and using small tart mould.

You can also make use of jelly mould and changing the color according to your choice. It's fun to see the transformation.

These Abok Abok Sago have  special  coconut aroma and slightly chewy texture

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Baled Potato Cake Recipe  @

It is baking  time again in my kitchen. We had this traditional kuih a long time ago. This is a simple dessert using coconut milk and mashed potato.

Am using milk but it would be  much tastier if you're using coconut milk.  For smoother and well mixed batter, a blender/food processor  is highly recommended..

Normally Kuih Bakar Kentang (Baked Potato Cake)  uses egg but my version is totally egg free.   You can bake the with or without sesame seeds but  I love the contrast of color it gives.

Make sure to grease the pan generously  to avoid sticking  since there isn't any fat in the recipe. Over all, they are awesome for breakfast or tea time snack.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Rice Flour Pudding Recipe @

I always love pudding especially made with coconut milk. It has a special sweet flavor that you can't get with whole milk. After long time, my son requested to make corn pudding this weekend. So have sent him to purchase the most important ingredient for making the pudding,  sweet corn.

I'm aghast and extremely disappointed when he brought home  a can of  corn, guess what?  It's cut young corn. So I have to devise my plan for making another pudding.

This Rice Flour pudding comes into my mind. Have other obstacle, no fruit is available to add in, so go ahead making Rice Flour Pudding without any fruit.

So glad my son really enjoyed having this soft, sweet and creamy pudding.  We completed them in one sitting.

You can make this Rice Flour Pudding firmer by reducing the amount of liquid so as to facilitate easy slicing. Have used one cup of coconut cream or thick coconut milk but if  much creamier flavor  is required, do add more coconut  cream but cut down the water used.  For healthier option, white sugar can be replaced with palm sugar.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Kuih Sago GF Recipe @

Most South East Asian cakes or kuih as we call it are bite sized dessert or snack,   mostly made with rice flour, glutinous rice flour, sago, tapioca flour or mung bean flour. They are usually steamed than baked or fried.

Kuih Sago is a traditional Asian dessert that was chewy in texture, made of pearl sago. I chose a different method to prepare  instead of steaming it. My cooking style requires constant stirring until the sago turns translucent  after adding them  to the sugar syrup. After cooking it was leave to cool until set. When completely cool, they are sliced and rolled in grated coconut.

Most desserts made with coconut will turn rancid  really  fast so it must be consumed on the same day other wise stored them in a refrigerator.  A jar with resealable lid works perfect to keep shredded coconut fresh and handy  in a fridge.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Apam Pisang Bakar Recipe @

Banana is quite a common fruit available in most kitchen. It is my habit to turn those ripened banana into a delicious, quick week day dessert.

This recipe yields a moist Yeasted Banana Cake that will make those banana cake haters into big fans.

It combines the sweetness of ripe mashed banana with yeast minus the butter or fat. This  traditional cake is also suited to be steamed.  Like anything baked  with yeast, this requires about an hour to rise.

Serves  :    8

1+1/4 C  all purpose flour
1 C  mashed banana
1/2 C  castor sugar
3/4 C + 1 TB  warm evaporated milk
1/2 tsp salt
1+1/2 tsp instant yeast


Grease 8 in deep cake pan. Whisk together milk, yeast and sugar in a small bowl.

In a mixing bowl, put in flour, banana and salt. Stir well.

Now add the milk mixture to the flour, stir to combine.

Pour mixture into greased  pan and let sit for 1 hour. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @  170C.

Bake for 40-45  minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Let sit in the pan for 10 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013


Bingka Pisang Recipe @

There are over riped bananas laying on my kitchen counter so I'd decided to  bake the traditional cake with them.  Banana is a versatile fruit, either eat them on their own,   add them in smoothies, cake, pudding, bread, ice cream or even cereal.

This  traditional cake was made with  mashed banana.   If possible, use fully ripe banana, it is much sweeter and you only need to add lesser amount of sugar in your cake..

Most of traditional recipe does not require any baking powder nor mixer, just simple mix and bake method but the end result  was far better and healthier.

Yield  :   8 in  loaf

1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoon cornflour
1 1/4 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tablespoon oil

Bingka Pisang Recipe  @


Preheat oven @ 180 C and grease 8 in cake pan.

Place flour, cornflour and salt in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, sugar, oil and mashed banana.

Now add wet ingredients into  flour mixture, stir until well combined

Pour mixture onto prepared pan, bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Cool in pan 20 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

When completely cool, slice to serve.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012


Bingka Labu / Baked Pumpkin Cake GF Recipe @

This is a traditional recipe, often served during breakfast or as a tea time snack.  Normally made with wheat flour and coconut milk either steamed or baked without any leaving agents.

Here is my first attempt using gluten free flour ( rice flour and cornflour) and much lower sugar but you can also  use wheat flour.  After all, it doesn't effect the taste of this bite size kuih.

When preparing the pumpkin puree, don't discard the seeds, toast them in a microwave or oven and use it as a topping..

My family thought it was delicious and I'm so pleased with the result of my experiment.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Eggless semolina banana cake recipe @

A  quick and easy cake made with semolina or cream of wheat. This Eggless Semolina Banana Cake could be enjoyed  anytime of the year.  This is a different version of semolina cake that was low in  fat and egg free.

In case you're allergic to dairy, feel free to substitute milk with non dairy milk like almond milk, soy milk or rice milk.  Although it wasn't super soft as a normal cake but it was moist due to the addition of mashed banana.  The Eggless Semolina Banana Cake is now becomes our favorite,   I hope others find it delicious too!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This is a common recipe from our household using fully ripe banana. It is normally steamed but my recipe below is baked. Have also added instant yeast to rise.

For sugar,  either increase or decrease according to the sweetness of the banana you had used. After mixing all the ingredients together, pour onto greased pan and let rise until doubled. Make sure your pan is deep enough to accommodate the increase, mine rose to the rim of the pan or use muffin pan but filled only half full..

Yield     :    One loaf

1+1/4 C  all purpose flour
1 C  mashed banana
1/2 C  castor sugar
3/4 C + 1 TB  warm evaporated milk
1/2 tsp salt
1+1/2 tsp instant yeast


Grease 8 in deep cake pan. Whisk together milk, yeast and sugar in a small bowl.

In a mixing bowl, put in flour, banana and salt. Stir well.

Now add the milk mixture to the flour, stir to combine.

Pour mixture into greased  pan and let sit for 1 hour. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @  170C.

Bake for 40-45  minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Let sit in the pan for 10 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

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Friday, October 21, 2011


Undisputedly our traditional kuih serve for generation. It is served during breakfast or as teatime snack. There are many variations to prepare it some added sugar and coconut. But I prefer to omit those since banana is already sweet and opt for healthier version by baking them.

They tasted as good as you have fried them but the only missing is the golden color you get when deep frying.

Serves   2-3

1 C  all purpose flour
6 very ripe banana mashed
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt


Preheat oven @ 175C and heavily greased your baking pan. If possible use non stick baking pan.

Mix by hand banana, baking powder and salt.

Add in flour and combine well.

Drop a tablespoon on the greased pan.

Bake for 15 minutes then flip the other side, bake another 15 minutes.

Your fritters are ready to serve with your cuppa.

Friday, April 8, 2011


Koleh Koleh / Green Bean Pudding Recipe @

Koleh Koleh / Green Bean Pudding Recipe @

It is a traditional dessert of Malaysia and Singapore, made of green bean flour, coconut milk and palm sugar. If  palm sugar unavailable, you can use dark brown  sugar instead.

This can be prepared by steaming or stirring over stove top until thicken. I use 2nd method. Traditionally they are garnished with coconut crumbs but I omit this, just sprinkle with toasted sesame seed for garnish.

My mum used to prepare them but at that time, you can't get the green bean flour so you've to do it from scratch. It's tedious process but it tasted fabulous  and so fragrant. Now I tried to re-create them using Zarinah Anwar's recipe from the book called The MPH Cookbook.

Koleh Koleh / Green Bean Pudding Recipe @

Saturday, August 28, 2010



If you have over riped banana and don't know what to to do with them, I suggest you should try making this Malaysian/Singapore popular baked kuih. The recipe below uses over riped bananas as the main ingredient. It is mashed before adding the flour, sugar, coconut milk, butter and salt.

It is very simple to prepare, just need a mixing bowl to combine and stir until well incorporated then pour into greased pan to bake. No washing up of extra dishes involved. Let the cake to cool completely before slicing. Enjoy this as your delicious dessert or serve them for snack.


2 C mashed banana
1 and 1/4 C all purpose flour
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C coconut milk
3 T melted butter
1/4 tsp salt
oil to grease the pan


* Preheat oven @ 170 C and grease 7 in pan.

* In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, coconut milk, butter, salt and banana, mix well.

* Gradually mix in flour, stir until well blended.

* Pour into greased pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

* Let set in the pan for 5 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

* Slice to bite size pieces to serve.

Sunday, August 22, 2010



Sago is a natural food which is in existence for centuries. During the period of East India trade, it was a product traded in the region and even considered to be superior substance when it was first imported to Britain in 18th century. It is used to be added to soups and made into puddings and desserts.

This yummy dessert of Malaysia and Singapore is really easy to prepare. Made of pearl sago, water and sugar, boil using medium heat and constantly stirring to avoid it sticks to the bottom of the pan, once the bubble appears you can safely remove from heat. Transfer this into rinsed pan or small cups to cool. To serve, roll them with grated coconut with salt added. Simply great for dessert or as a light snack. This is my mum's favorite dessert. She  used to serve  this after school  but  now I have to prepare myself to enjoy them..


1 C pearl sago
1/2 C sugar
2 C water
red food coloring
1/2 of fresh coconut, grated
3/4 tsp salt


* Soak sago pearl for 15 minutes, rinse and drain. Wet the 7 inches pan with water. Mix some salt to the grated coconut and keep aside.

* Place sugar and water in a deep pot and bring to boil.

* Add a drop of food coloring and stir.

* Now add the drained sago pearl and stir until the bubble appears on top.

* Transfer the sago into rinsed 7 inches pan and leave to cool.

* Slice and coat with grated coconut to serve.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010


As requested my by son, I have prepared this popular jelly using agar2 powder. Really refreshing and yummy. If you are unfamiliar with agar2 powder, do check out here. Agar is the best substitute of gelatin and as thickening agent for custards, sauces, puddings and candies.

This quick and delicious can be prepared in a jiffy.  What you need is to stir the mixture of agar2 powder, sugar and coconut milk until boiling and thicken, pour into your favorite mould and once it comes to room temperature place them in a refrigerator to chill.

Beside coconut milk, you can add canned fruit, corn, cocoa or even fruit juice to the jelly, the choice is endless, just use your imagination to explore this versatile dessert.

This handwritten recipe is my family favorite dessert. It was given by my aunt and I have made them on regular basis when we need a dessert in a jiffy.


1 pack of 12 g agar2 powder
1 liter water
230 g sugar
200 ml coconut milk
food coloring
jelly mould


* Dissolve the agar2 powder with one liter of water in a deep pot.

* Add sugar and bring to boil, stirring constantly, add a drop of food coloring, mixed well.

* Now add the coconut milk and bring to boil again.

* Pour into rinsed jelly mould and let them come to room temperature.

* Place the jelly in a refrigerator to cool.

* Serve cool.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010



I have created this recipe out of the leftover spaghetti rather than dump them into a freezer. It is so easy to prepare, I used whatever ingredients available in my pantry.

Simply serve this pudding as dessert after you main meal or as a midnight snack or for breakfast. At the time of serving, you can add fresh fruit if you like.

For your information, the pasta unlike the bread does not absorb so much liquid thus I have added extra flour to make it thicker and obtain the right consistency.

Here is the recipe in case you want to try, do let me know how it turns out. I just love this yummy pudding, definitely will prepare it again.


270g boiled pasta cut into shorter strand
1 C water
1 C evaporated milk
1 T heaped unsweetened cocoa powder
8 T sugar
2 T corn flour
2 T all purpose flour
2 slices bread cut into small
1/2 C raisin
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon salt


* Preheat oven @ 180 C and grease 7 inches pan.

* In a mixing bowl, combine water, milk, cocoa, sugar, both flour, vanilla essence and salt. Whisk until well mixed.

* Add in pasta and bread, leave for 15 minutes.

* Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

* Serve hot or cold.


* If the top turns brown quickly, cover with aluminium foil and continue baking until fully done.

* Make sure the raisin is not seen on top otherwise it gets burnt and dried out.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010



 Normally this fried snack is made of mashed sweet potato and glutinous rice flour. I used  rice flour and plain flour instead since the glutinous rice flour is not available. After mixing they are stuffed with red bean paste or sweetened coconut then coated with white sesame seed.

Since sometime it explodes when you fry them that how it got his name. Anyway I have fried mine safely and turns out perfect despite the change of its shape.

When frying, use medium heat and constantly turns the kuih so it cooks evenly. Really pleased with the result of my experiment, it  turns delicious..


250g potato boiled and mashed
6 T rice flour
6 T plain flour
4-5 T water
salt to taste
oil for frying
1/2 C sesame seed
red bean paste


* Roll the red bean paste into small ball, slightly smaller than ping pong ball.

* In a mixing bowl, combine mashed potato, rice flour, plain flour and salt.

* Gradually add the water until pliable dough is formed, knead well.

* Divide the dough into 10 balls. Stuff each ball with red bean paste, shape into ball and coat them with sesame seed.

* Heat the oil, when the oil is hot, slide the balls and fry the golden brown, do not crowd the pan.

* Remove and drain on paper towel. Serve hot.

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Monday, July 19, 2010



Simple and easy to make kuih of South East Asia. Traditionally it is wrapped with banana leaves and comes in a shape of a cone. Combining pearl sago, coconut (remove the brown skin) and palm sugar in a single recipe.

Anyway I have used muffin pan instead of banana leaves, do use them if available at your place.
For the quantity below you could get 10 pieces, enough for a small family to enjoy this yummy dessert of yesteryear.


1 and 1/2 cups pearl sago
1 and 1/2 cups grated coconut
10 heaped tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt


* Boil 2 in depth water in a steamer. Grease and heat the muffin pan in the steamer.

* Wash sago with running water then drain.

* Combine together sago, coconut and salt in a mixing bowl, mix well. Sprinkle little water if it is too dry.

* Place 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of sago mixture onto the muffin pan, spread evenly.

* Now pour a heaped tablespoon brown sugar on top of sago mixture.

* Cover the brown sugar with another 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of sago mixture and level top.

* Steam for 15 minutes or until the sago turns translucent with medium heat.

* When completely cool, remove from the muffin pan to serve.