Steamed malay kuih (ma lai koh)

4 servings
20 min
30 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
Ingredients A

100 gm plain flour

1 tbsp caster sugar

150 ml water

1/2 tbsp instant yeast

Ingredients B

200 gm caster sugar

400 gm plain flour

180 gm butter/margarine

3 tbsp dark soy sauce

Ingredients C:

11/2 tsp double action baking powder

3/4 soda bicarbonate


300 gm brown sugar

150 ml water

some melon seeds for topping


  • To make syrup, cook brown sugar with water until completely dissolved, remove from heat and leave to cool.
  • Mix all ingredients A, rest for 1-2 hours for fermentation, set aside.
  • Whisk eggs and sugar of the ingredients B until light and vreamy with mixer, add in plain flour, syrup, melted butter and dark soya sauce and mix well.
  • Add in ingredients C and ingredients A mixture, stir until becomes smooth batter.
  • Lay a piece of greaseproof paper in a steaming basket, pour in batter mixture, sprinkle with melon seeds for topping.
  • Steam in a preheated steamer at high heat for 35-40 mins or until cooked through. Remove.


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