I'm off tomorrow to HK for a week holiday! Yippeeee...as it means lots of good food, dim sum and flea market shopping! But before that, here's the traditional and popular Nyonya kuih genggang which I made for 'M' (relates to my previous Brandy-Pecan Choc Fudge Cake post below). Other than in my hometown, Melaka, kuih genggang is more widely known by its commercial name - kuih lapis or layered cake. There isn't any direct English translation for kuih and the closest is cake. However, unlike cakes as we understand them in the Western world, kuih refers to the traditional local cakes in Malaysia & Singapore and they are often made of plain flour or rice flour or glutinous rice flour or tapioca starch flour or wheat starch flour etc. There is a wide variety of kuih- Nyonya kuih, Chinese kuih, Malay kuih etc. Kuih are normally either steamed, grilled or baked, and for Nyonya & Malay kuih, coconut milk is often a main ingredient.
Kuih genggang is easy and cheap to do, and also delicious to eat - it is sticky and gooey. It is a favorite tea time treat in Malaysia. Kids enjoy eating it by peeling off a layer by a layer. It is made by steaming it a layer by a layer also but it doesn't take very long to complete. It is best eaten on the same day that it's made as it can't keep for very long.
(Other variety of Peranakan food from Malaysia can be found at Nyonyafood.com).
- 180 g rice flour
- 200 ml water
Mix the above together and leave aside for 1 hour.
- 180 g sugar
- 350 ml water
- 2 srewpine (pandan) leaves, knotted
Boil the above together and leave the sugar syrup to cool.
- 250 ml thick coconut milk
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1-2 drops red/pink coloring
- Add the coconut milk, salt and sugar syrup into the rice flour mixture after 1 hour. Stir well and divide the portion equally into 2. Color one of it with 1-2 drops red/pink coloring.
- Heat up an 8 inch round pan in a steamer setting. Grease it lightly with cooking oil first. Pour half cup of the white batter, cover the steamer with lid and steam for 3-5 mins. Do the same with the next batch of 1/2 cup red/pink batter. For the final top layer, you can add more red/pink coloring to distinguish it or for presentation sake. (Note: make sure to give the batter a really good stir each time before taking 1/2 cup to pour for steaming). Leave to cool completely before cutting into diamond shape.
Cheers, have a great week ahead & see you next weekend!