Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Cook: Fried Sticky Rice Cake (年糕)

Deep fried sticky rice cake

Sticky rice cake is a tradition during Chinese New Year and I have yet explored how to make it since it is easily available in Asian countries over Chinese New Year period. Since moving to Dubai, I have explored many new recipes and it is actually very easy to make and only require 3 ingredients. 

I have made it and it was a success, it is not too sweet just the way I like it. If you would prefer it sweeter, do increase the amount of brown sugar.

I will share two recipes, one to make the sticky rice cake and one is recipe for the batter if you like it deep fried. Having share that, it is also yummy to just eat on its own :)


For the sticky rice cake:
1. 454g of glutinous rice flour (1 lb)
2. 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar
3. 2 1/4 cups of water
4. 2 tablespoon of oil

For the batter:
1. 60g of plain flour, sifted
2. 60g of rice flour, sifted
3. 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric powder (optional)
4. 3/4 cup of water
5. 1 teaspoon of baking powder
6. 1/4 teaspoon of salt 
7. 1/2 cup of white sesame seed (optional)


For the sticky rice cake:
1. Place the brown sugar into the water and put it on low heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let the mixture cool down to room temperature.
2. Once the sugar mixture has cooled down, add sieved glutinous rice flour into the mixture bit by bit and mixing it in gradually.
3. Pour the mixture through a sieve to remove the clumps and add the oil. 
4. Mix the oil into the mixture and steam for 50 minutes. 
5. Place a stick into the rice cake after 50 minutes, if it comes out more or less clean, the rice cake is ready. 
6. Remove from steamer and let it cool down to room temperature. Then place into the fridge overnight to firm up.

For making the batter:
1. Add plain flour, rice flour and turmeric powder into a mixing bowl, gently mix them up.
2. Add water and mix it evenly. 
3. Then add in baking powder and salt and mix them in. 
4. Lastly, stir in the sesame seed.

For making the deep fried rice cake with sweet potato:
1. Slice the sweet potato and rice cake into thin slice.
2. Sandwich a piece of rice cake in between two slices of sweet potato.
3. Dip in the batter and deep fried until golden.
4. Serve warm.

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