Friday, June 11, 2010

Muah Chee (Microwaved Version)



There are some dishes I make just for the heck of it, and Muah Chee certainly falls into this category.

This was my all-time, number one, favourite childhood dessert ... and I am happy to note that my daughter has inherited the same love for this sweet snack.

I would never have thought of making my own Muah Chee because it is streetfood that is cheap and quite easily available. But when I chanced upon this packet of peanut powder at the supermarket, I started wondering if I could make my own, since it involves nothing more than cooking glutinous rice flour with water and oil.



I was in luck because when I googled for an easy Muah Chee recipe, I found this microwaved version at the wonderful Little Corner of Mine. It originally came from Gina of Kitchen Capers, and it goes like this:

Recipe
(A)
- 250g glutinous rice flour
- 375ml water
- 2 tbsp shallot oil

Mix (A) in a covered Pyrex bowl and microwave on high for 7 mins. Cut into tiny pieces using a kitchen scissor and drop it into the peanuts and sugar mixture. Coat well and serve immediately.
* Note from The Little Teochew: Don't do that. It's going to be sticky and messy if you try and cut small pieces directly from the bowl. Instead, do it like the Muah Chee hawkers. They always cut a big piece out and plonk it into the peanut/sugar mixture, and then start cutting into small pieces. This way, as you cut and roll the little pieces around in the peanut mix, they don't stick to one another, or your scissors, anymore.

(B)
- 250g peanuts, toasted and ground finely
- 50g sugar
* Or use ready peanut mix like me (which you should test taste first ... I added more sugar as it wasn't sweet enough for my sweet tooth).

Mix (B) together to create peanuts and sugar mixture.


This is what you get after 7 mins - a soft, sticky and gooey texture.



Serve them in individual portions, with toothpicks!



I am going to make this again tonight (among other yummy snacks), to eat while I watch the opening match between South Africa and Mexico! I can't believe World Cup is here again. Time really flies ... four years have passed???

Good luck to all the teams!


Who is/are your favourite(s)?

38 comments:

  1. I just love it that it's sooooo easy to make and in a microwave!!! For me, it's great if it were pan-fried a bit so that there is a slight crisp coating. I like my muah chee that way, chewy, soft and slight crisp. And rolled in peanut of course!!!

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  2. What a tempting snack! Trying to resist making it but since you've made it so easy, I am going to try it.

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  3. My ex-girlfriend is going to get up at 4am pacific time to watch Mexico, her home country, play. I don't think I have that sort of dedication haha.

    The photos are lovely as usual.

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  4. MMMMMM looks good Ju..both the lovely cake and the photos! Such sweet tableware too.

    The only reason I'll watch football is because I'm outnumbered and out talked. Otherwise it's ....huh what football? :)

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  5. That's so fast and easy to make this...my favourite too. Whah....lucky you that you can get peanut powder there. I have to roasts the peanuts, remove the skin and blend them....so much work!

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  6. Hi I have been a silent reader of your blog for a while now and I was wondering, can I use normal cooking oil instead of Shallot oil?

    Muah Chee is my ultimate fav street food snack and I want to make this for a party that I am having at work next week.

    Thanks for sharing. :*)

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  7. Joyce: Hey babe, thanks for the tip! A crisp coating sounds awesome. :D

    Feli: Don't skip the shallot oil. It makes a difference, I believe. Actually, all you need is 1 clove of shallot, sliced fine, and fried in oil till it turns light brown. The recipe requires 2 tbsps but I added more and kept the excess for drizzling over soups, frying veggies etc. It's worth the effort. ;)

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  8. Mem, Zurin: I watch World Cup for all the WRONG reasons. Ahem. ;P

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  9. Yes, I first learnt how to microwave Muah Chee when I was learning to make the Japanese Mochi... indeed a great snack to munch on while watching the games...

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  10. I am going to give the recipe a try! They look great with ground peanuts!

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  11. well this is real easy...i used to make using the AMC cooker method. It is not difficult but using mirowave is fast...
    Emily

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  12. Thanks for sharing this Ju! I definitely want to make this ;)

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  13. woooowwww......i just made it!! is very simple and nice indeed!! My kids and my orang tua love it!! Thanks for sharing all the good food ideas! keep it up!

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  14. I love muah chee !!! Haven't had it for a long time and looks easy to make ;) Oh yeah, I support Brazil and France ;)

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  15. Hi I have been a silent reader of your blog for a while and I really enjoy the nice pics and reading your posts. Going to try out your moist butter cake today. BTW do you know where I can buy the same bowls shown in your muah chee photos? Thanks.

    Shok Keng

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  16. Peanut powder? How interesting... I wonder if I could use that for macarons? I've honestly never heard of muah chee before - but it looks very comforting. Thank you for the recipe.

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  17. oo microwave! Mochi is not readily available here so I have to mkae myself =(

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  18. this seem easy, too bad i gave away my microwave if not sure wil try this :(

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  19. Well, I am one of those dumb Americans who has never had this yummy looking treat. And doesn't know squat about World Cup. Boo to me! I would love to try this - the way you've presented it definitely has transformed street food (which I do love) into something more upscale. And with a microwave, no less!

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  20. We're for France!!!

    I microwave my muah chee too and make variations of it with pistacchios, almonds etc instead of peanuts. Also add pandan extract, rose syrup etc sometimes.

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  21. Wow! never thought muah chee can be so easy to make! Long time have not eaten this dessert...looks tempting!

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  22. I love muah chee but I've never ever thought of making this before. But it sure does look like a great snack whilst watching the matches.

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  23. Ju... I have never seen this dessert but it looks fabulous...your pics are wonderful!

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  24. OMG... OK... I am so going to make this. So EASY! and you are right. Perfect world cup snack as well.

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  25. Thanks for your tips regarding doing it like those muay chee hawkers :)

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  26. love the muah chee... especially the ones from pasar malam!!

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  27. you're good! you make it look so simple yet yummy :)

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  28. Shok Keng: Thanks. :) I wish I could tell you, but these plates and toothpick holder are as old as me! ;) I helped myself to my mother's tableware. :D

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  29. Yummy! I should make it more often, if only I get to buy the ready mix peanut powder too. Great note from (A), going to do that next time. :)

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  30. Hi Ju,

    Have always been a silent reader. Am interested in making this but i don't Is there any other way to do it then microwaving? Thanks!

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  31. Anon: Hi! I guess you can try this:
    http://www.dianasdesserts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/recipes.recipeListing/filter/dianas/recipeID/2089/Recipe.cfm

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  32. Hello Ju. Just dropping a note to let you know that we have made a link to your page on our post on Muah Chee. You can find it here. http://familymum.com/food-and-recipes/muah-chee-street-snack-made-at-home/. Love your food posts!

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  33. Amazing! Thanks a bunch for the recipe I'm going to make some right now. It's been my favorite since I was little but of course living in Europe I can't find any :( But my aunt just sent me a packet of glutinous flour so I'm going to make it now. Will definitely add a link to your blog when I post about finally getting to eat my Muah Chee after two yearS!! thanks a bunch :)

    http://ch3rrybl0ss0mz.blogspot.com/

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  34. Hi. Can I find out where you bought your powered peanut from? I tried NTUC & cold storage but can't seem to find it there. Thanks.

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  35. Anon: At Shop & Save (the big one at Tanjong Katong Complex).

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  36. I dont have microwave oven. So Can i steam it over a hot pot of water. If yes, kindly please the method to do so.
    Looking forward to hear from you soonest possible.
    Thank you.

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    1. Here's what you can do: http://www.anncoojournal.com/2011/06/muah-chee.html

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  37. Thank you for sharing this cooking method!! Love it!!

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