Sunday, 17 January 2010

Kueh Kosui

Kueh Kosui
After so many years of not making kueh kosui, my mum suddenly forgot the measurements for it and asked me to give it to her. I will disgress a bit from this post to tell you about my mum. (Be prepared for long post!)
Mum will be 81 this year but she is still strong and unlike other old ladies, she still has friends asking her to make mee siam or buah keluak or kuehs for parties or whatever. Like last year when I was back in December. Our church had a Christmas Treat - it's a yearly affair and there are food stalls, etc and it's all in the name of charity. So, my mum offered or they asked her to make mee siam to sell for this Fun fair. And it was a good thing that I was there cos there was no one to help her this time as a friend who normally does went for retreat!
So left the house at 6.30am with 4 big bags and a big sauce pan. Can you imagine how she was going to do it if I wasn't there?! So anyway caught a taxi and went to Church. Arrived at Church and whilst retriving one of the many bags, a trolley bag fell over and the kueh sarlat that she made to sell as well which wasn't tightly closed, went flying onto the road. Aiyo, so sayang but what to do. But what made me even more incensed was that this lady who saw this just said "Aiyo sister, sayang hor that it fell out" and went on her way. Not even stopping to help us to carry the bags! Call yourself a Catholic and going to Church! Hmm.... sorry I know I shouldn't judge but ..... Anyway, to continue, set up things, etc and even before the last Mass was over we had finished selling. We had a lady there to help us man the stall but she had to leave at 1200. And at 1200 another lady came to help out but we told her that we had finished and my mum told her that she made (I can't remember the quantity now) so much and the lady said "oh next year, then you can make more!" OOh, ooh.. wrong thing to say, I got so pissed off with her comment and said, "And ya, who is going to help her carry the stuff from her house to Church?" And the lady said, "Oh if you tell us, we will" - oh yes, like someone will come to her place at 0630 in the morning to help her carry the stuff. PULEASE!!!! Anyway luckily my mum told me that she won't be doing it again next year as it was too troublesome.

Sorry for this long blab.... you guys still here? Anyway, back to Kueh Kosui - she has like monthly or weekly church meetings and she will make snacks to bring, so she wanted to make kueh kosui.

This is a recipe from Corner Cafe.but I have modified it slightly. Thanks SeaDragon!

50g tapioca starch
30g rice flour
125ml water
1/4 teaspoon alkaline water (lye water)
1/8 teaspoon salt
75g palm sugar (gula melaka), roughly chopped
45g white granulated sugar
170ml water
3 pandan leaves, torn 3-4 times along leaf veins & knotted together
100g freshly grated coconut, or frozen grated coconut
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Prepare a 15cm round steaming tray or baking pan and grease lightly with cooking oil.
2. To prepare (C), mix together grated coconut and salt. Steam over high heat for about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
3. To prepare (A), put tapioca starch and rice flour in a mixing bowl. Slowly add water, stirring at the same time to mix well. Stir in salt and alkaline water *. Set aside.
4. To prepare (B), put all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a slow boil over moderate heat, stirring continuously to dissolve the sugars, about 5 minutes.
5. Pour hot sugar syrup slowly into the flour mixture. Stirring continuously to mix evenly into a thin batter. Strain to remove pandan leaves.
6. Place prepared pan into the steamer and steam until hot.
7. Pour the batter into the hot pan in the steamer and stir until the bottom of the batter starts to set, about 2-3 minutes. Stop stirring and cover the steamer. Steam over high heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until set*.

1. As I couldn't find any alkaline water, I omitted this and it turned out ok.
2. Before pouring the batter into the hot pan in the steamer, I put it into a microwavable bowl and nuked it for about a minute until it was very sticky then poured it into a pan and steamed it for about 10 mins.

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