Homemade Chwee Kuih @ Steamed Savoury Rice Cake

Do you have any idea how the Asian elderly spend their evening or night everyday after dinner ? Well, majority will stay at home with their kids & grand kids or maybe watching tv, partial will spend their night out joining the society activities and some will rather spend their night out with friends for tea & chit chat. And not to miss out some will most probably spending their night playing 'mahjong' or 'mahjiang'. haha..... No matter what activities they were about to join or already started, I would like to congratulate them. They have chosen to spend their time wisely. This will keep them motivated. Of course, gambling is not recommended. Well, hubby & I spending most of our evening accompany these range of friends almost every night. We are the youngest in the group. I really enjoy listening to the story behind each of them and the experience they've been through all those years. I was amazed & honour to have the chance to get to know them. Life is just too short. No matter how long you have live, all you need is only an hour or two to tell the story. That it !!!

Then there is one night, one of them has asked me to buy some chwee kuih for the next meet up. I promised I'll get them the chwee kuih. Who knows ! Its raining heavily that day, the only chwee kuih food stall is taking the day off. So, there's no way I can get any chwee kuih that evening. Not thinking for long, I quickly took out the ingredients. Mix them up and put them to the steamer. Its my first attempt, I rather worried if they won't turned out as expected.

(Recipe adapted from here)
Ingredients for rice cake :
150gm   rice flour
4 TB  tapioca flour
1 TB  wheat starch
250ml  water

350ml   water
1 tspn  salt
1 TB   cooking oil/corn oil

Method :
(1) combine ingredients (A) and mix well, set aside.
(2) mix together ingredients (B) into a pot then bring mixture to boil, off the heat then immediately add boiling water into mixture (A) and continuously stirring till everything well blended.
(3) preheat a steamer with 12-13 greased cupcake cups, cover the cups & let them heat before used.
(4) next, pour rice batter into hot cups then let them steam over high heat for about 25-30 minutes or till set..
(5) once its done, let them cool completely before removing the cakes from cups.

Well.... I am happy dancing over the moon. The kuih turns out great.

Ingredients Radish topping :
1 packet (120-150gm)  preserved chopped white sweet radish, rinsed
1 tspn     vegetarian oyster sauce
1/2 tspn    sweet dark soy sauce
1 tspn     sugar
1 TB   chopped garlic
1 TB  cooking oil

*if you're using salted white radish then soaked them for 30 minutes before used.

Method :
(1) toast the sweet white radish over low heat on frying pan till dry without adding in any oil, then set aside.
(2) preheat frying pan with cooking oil then saute garlic till aromatic, add in toasted radish & continue stirring over low heat till nice & fragrant.
(3) now, add in oyster sauce, sweet dark soy sauce & sugar till well blended then immediately off the heat. And its ready to serve.

I have some red sweet sauce & Thai chili sauce parking in the kitchen which is just nice to go along the serving.  It gives such presentable colours to the plater as well.

After packing everything, we headed to the coffee shop as usual meeting our friends there. And chwee kuih is served. They were amazed when I told them I made the kuih. haha.... They love it and they said it tastes as good as the stall bought ones. Wow... what a compliment ! I was thrilled and thanking them for giving me the chance to present them my homemade chwee kuih. I am happy when they're happy. So, its all worth it. Hope you guys are having a wonderful evening too. >o<


  1. Hi Kristy,
    This chwee kuih is my favorite.
    How I wish I can have one for supper ..hehe
    Have a wonderful evening to you too.

  2. Such a wonderful looking dish. I bet it is delicious! Catherine

  3. Hi Kristy, I like this local snack. Well done for a first attempt and so nice of you to fulfil the request of the elderly with your homemade ones. I am sure they enjoyed it much and must be touched by your kind effort. Have a blessed weekend.

  4. Hi Kristy,
    Your chwee kuih looks really yummy! Can u please advise the weight of 1 pkt sweet radish used in the recipe?


  5. Hi Susanna
    Thanks so much for stopping by my humble little space. Now, to your question, the sweet radish is about 120-150gm per packet.
    Hope you'll have fun.

  6. Thanks for your quick reply, Kristy! Will try to make this kuih real soon.


  7. It has been probably over 20 years since I last had a cheween kuih. I miss it terribly. This is so delicious, Kristy.


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