Simple Steamed Fatt Kuih @ Brown Sugar Fatt Kuih (Flour)

We're celebrating Wesak Day on this coming Friday. Wesak Day is the most important festivals of the Buddhists in Malaysia and fall in the month of May. It is celebrated to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha because according to Buddhists, all the three events took place on the same lunar date. The celebration for the Wesak day begins much before the dawn when the Buddhists gather in Buddhist temples for worship all over Malaysia. The celebration is done with prayers, chants, offerings and giving alms. The Buddhist eat a vegetarian diet prior to the festival in order to cleanse and purify themselves. For me, I'm not going to the temple. So, just do my praying at home with all these steamed fatt kuih.
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Ingredients :
100gm warm water
1 tbsp flour
1 tbsp sugar
10gm yeast

350ml water
300gm sugar
1 tbsp ros syrup/ 1 tspn red colouring
(for brown sugar version : 200gm brown sugar+ 100gm palm sugar)

500gm all purpose flour
10gm cooking oil/butter

Method :

- combine ingredients (A) and leave aside for 10 mins.
- combine ingredients (B) and dissolve sugar over medium heat untill just about boiling.
- leave ingredients (B) cool for about 15mins.
- combine ingredients (A), (B) & (C) together and mix well.
- leave the mixture proof for 3-4 hours.

- preheat steamer in medium heat.
- the mixture will look very fluffy & moist (as shown).
- stir batter before divide into small cups for steaming.
- use a pair of scissors slightly coated the edges with cooking oil.
- then make a cross cut through each cups.
- coat the scissors with cooking oil before each cuttings.

Finally, steam for 30 mins over medium high heat. Not medium & not high, it's in between. The steaming heat is very important. It helps to give you more bigger smile on your fatt kuih.

It's my lucky day, I guess! I have all smiling at me beautifully.

The best thing about this version is you don't need to go through days of fermentation process. These steamed fatt kuih can stand for quite a few days even without chilling them in the refrigerator. You can anytime steam them for your own use. So, have fun & enjoy!



  1. They look so cute! It has been a long while since I last had them.

  2. Happy Wesak Day (in advance). I've never had these, but they sounds like a wonderful treat.

  3. Happy Waisak Day to you and your whole family Kristy. I'm sure there will be plenty of delicious food to enjoy the festival.

    By the way, in Indonesia they call this kue apam, do you need a special molds? I wish I have the mold so I can make it too. I miss this very much.

  4. beautiful! i hope your family enjoys the smiles properly before they disappear into their mouths!

    have a great holiday!

  5. Hey Kristy! Your Fatt Kuih really "发" and I like the pinkish colour, so sweet.

  6. Cool! Why are they supposed to be red? Happy Wesak!

  7. Wow...your fatt koh is so successful! I can imagine biting into one.....don;t mind my whole face into it...haha. I miss these. Wish I can have some! Happy Wesak!

  8. What a fantastic, dramatic looking treat. I've never seen anything like them before.
    Have a very happy holiday daaaahling.
    *kisses* HH

  9. Looks really happy and all smiling.
    Happy Wesak to you and your family.

  10. Happy Wesack to you and yours. Such a smiling, scrumptious dish - I have never had - I love that they are steamed.

  11. I would love to try these. Happy Wesak Day to you!

  12. These are smiling so pretty! Nice color too. Happy Wesak Day!

  13. happy wesal to u 2...looks delicious and yum.....drooling visual treat.lovely pics...

  14. Angie : I still the rice flour version. It's softer than this one made by flour.

    Kait : Maybe you can try this ou someday!

    Elra : Kak, no need special mould. Just use the cupcake cups lined with papercups will do! I suggest you to try the rice flour version which is called 'Kueh Apom'!

    MParadis : haha.... yeah, you're so right! haha....

    Anncoo : Thank you! I realised that if the heat isn't in the right temperature, they won't smile.

    Belinda : You can use any colour actually but I prefer them pink!

    MaryMoh : Yeah, I told you so it's my lucky day! haha....

    HH : I'm glad they turned out looking great!

    Wendy : OMG, you were still up in the middle of the night! 2am in the morning! Woman, you need more rest lol.

    Claudia : Good for the health, right!

    Lyndsey : Thanks alot, dear!

    Sanyukta : Thank you!

    Sook : Thank you so much!

    Thanks everyone for visiting and hope you all have a wonderful day!

    Cheers, Kristy

  15. Bridgett : Thanks dear! All the best and hope you'll enjoy this as well.

    Cheers, Kristy

  16. i love fatt koe too! but nowadays those sold in the market are really not good.. hard.. and not soft at all..

  17. Claire : Good morning,there! Those you mentioned about are for praying not for eating. If you want the soft & fluffy one, try the rice flour fatt kuih. Those taste much much better.

    Cheers, Kristy

  18. Do you have a recipe for the rice flour version? These look like they would be great for my gluten intolerant son

  19. Hmm I think they're a simpler version of brioche (since there's yeast and four) - they look so cute and definitely smiling! You made Buddha happy!

  20. Wow! So nice, all smiling so broadly! Happy Wesak Day to you & yr family too!

  21. The Buddha must be so pleased with your beautiful and delicious offering :) Happy Wesak!

  22. Happy Wesak Day! These are so cute...I've never seen anything like them.

  23. Happy Vesak Day!

    Your Fatt Kuih looks perfect! They "bloomed'.

  24. Not had these for so long. used to have it with coloured sugar!

  25. Thanks for telling us about Wesak Day!
    And this is a lovely recipe for Fatt Kuih. (Your cupcake liners are sweet, Kristy!)

  26. Sowmya : Thanks!

    WTStick : Yes, I do have the rice flour version but I want to get you the easier version. Just give me some time. OK! Or you can check out my traditional fatt kuih but I don't think you will make that.

    Silvia : But I thought brioche used lots of eggs & butter in it!

    Jeannie : You too! Thanks!

    TLSpoon : Hehe...indeed!

    Bo : Thank you!

    Tigerfish : Yes, they are!

    Penny : With colour sugar! But these are already so sweet.

    Barbara : Thank you!

    Thanks everyone for stopping by. Hope you'll have a great day!

    Cheers, Kristy

  27. U have the most delicious creations with yeast and i love them!!!

  28. I LOVE these! Unfortunately not many bakeries sell them in my city. And the other thing is, nobody likes them in my family except for myself. Oh well, their loss. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Strange how some people celebrate Saka Dawa Wesak today and some tomorrow. I'll be celebrating on both days.

  29. I never have this but they look so cute!
    Happy Wesak Day to you!
    Love Always.

  30. What an interesting post. I didn't know about this special day. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your comment. I've enjoyed visiting you too. Love you header photo of the puppy. Very cute.

  31. Those fatt kuih looks cute and smiling! Happy Wesak Day to you and your family.

  32. Kristy... thanks for sharing this fatt kuih recipe...there are many variations and yours looks simple and easy :)

  33. j'ai bien apprécié les informations sur la wesak day
    et ces petites merveilles à la vapeur ont l'air vraiment délicieuses
    bon weekend

  34. i would like to try out this recipe of yours soon. I made one batch today..never smile!!

  35. hi, i understand you hav 3 different recipes for fatt koh...are they are same kuih?Can I use dry instant yeast...:))

  36. Hi Anonymous, thanks for stopping by. The answer for your question is Yes, they're all the same except some recipe used rice flour & this one used all purpose flour. And Yes again, I used dry yeast in all my recipes. So, wish you all the best.
    Best regards,

  37. Hello,
    At what temp do u proof the mixture? Rtp? Or slightly warm?

  38. Hi Isabel,
    My room temperature is around 36-38'C. Hope this will help.


  39. Hi! I'm elaine.
    I want the simple rice flour version too, can?

  40. Hi Elaine,
    First of all, thanks so much for stopping by. The rice flour version fatt kuih that you're looking for is as the attached link.
    Enjoy !

  41. Hi,

    Can i know approximately how many fatt ko does this recipe yield ?


  42. Hi anonymous, first of all thanks for stopping by. This recipe will give you around 12-14 cupcake size steamed cakes.
    Regards, Kristy


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