As far as I know, both sides of my grandparents came from China. The Hokkien group which I belong to is known as "Ang Kui". Both of my parents are of Hokkien heritage too! When I married my husband, I learnt from my parents in law that they belonged to this same group too! However, when it comes to speaking Hokkien, I'm not as proficient as my husband. Many times, when my parents-in-laws and my spouse spoke Hokkien, I'll give them a blank look!
When I was younger, my parents spoke to us in Hokkien and Mandarin. Therefore, I didn't get to learn Hokkien dialect as much as I have to. It was just enough to converse with them and the elderly.
Hokkien dialect has a wide variety of foods, ranging from the most popular Hokkien Mee, Lor Mee, Prawn Rolls to Ang Ku Kuehs. As I didn't have the time to prepare these delicious Hokkien dishes, I decided on making Hokkien Alkaline Rice Cake instead.
I will be submitting this to Precious Moments' Heritage Food Trail.
Recipe for Hokkien Alkaline Rice Cake, extracted from "Delightful Snacks & Dim Sum" by Agnes Chang.
Makes a 9" pan.
300g Rice flour
2 tbsp Corn flour
1 tsp Alkaline Water
1 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Oil
- Mix rice flour, corn flour and water together in a saucepan. Stir well to mix.
- Add alkaline water, salt and oil. Stir well.
- Cook over medium heat until half cooked.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9" round steaming tray (or cake pan).
- Steam on high heat for about 45mins until cooked.
- Leave to cool completely before serving.
- Best to serve with stewed meat gravy. Or served with any other salty sauce.
- For step #1 above, you may strained the mixture if you like. I strained and found that the step was unnecessary.
- The rice cake is very soft when it's cooked. After it has cooled down, it will become tougher. So do not over-steamed, 45mins will be more than enough.
- The rice cake on its own taste terrible! It must be eaten with savoury gravy. I had mine with the "Yong Tau Foo" brown sauce and HK "chilli oil" and it was very tasty.
- You can served this chilled alkaline rice cake with gula melaka syrup as a nice sweet temptation.